Biography

David Haynes is the author of seven novels for adults and five books for younger readers. He is a Professor of English at Southern Methodist University, and he also teaches regularly in the MFA Program for Writer at Warren Wilson College. He has taught writing in the MFA Programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, Hamline University, at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, MD, and at the Writers’ Garret in Dallas. He has received a fellowship from the Minnesota State Arts Board, and several of his short stories have been read and recorded for the National Public Radio series “Selected Shorts.” His  most recent novel is A Star in the Face of the Sky. He is also the author of a series for children called “The West Seventh Wildcats.”

David spent fifteen years as a teacher in urban schools, mostly teaching middle grades in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He worked on numerous school reform efforts, including developing the influential Saturn School of Tomorrow, where he served as Associate Teacher for Humanities. He has been involved in the work of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, coordinating efforts of the nation’s finest educators to develop standards in the fields of social studies, vocational education, early childhood education and for teachers of students whose first language is not English.

Professional

  • Present2014

    Professor

    SMU

  • Present1996

    Fiction Faculty

    The MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College

  • 20142004

    Associate Professor

    SMU

  • 20041998

    Visiting Writer/Assistant Professor

    SMU

  • 20031994

    Teacher-in-Residence/Teacher Consultant

    NBPTS

  • 19931981

    Classroom Teacher

    St. Paul Public Schools

Education

  • MALS 1989

    Liberal Studies/Creative Writing

    Hamline University

  • BA 1977

    English/Creative Writing

    Macalester College

Honors, Awards & Fellowships

  • 2016
    Finalist/PEN Southwest Fiction Award
    for A STAR IN THE FACE OF THE SKY
  • 2006-2007
    Gerald J. Ford Research Fellowship
    Ford Fellowships are given to SMU faculty based on the significance of a faculty member’s scholarly contributions and future research plans. Candidates are nominated by department chairs, faculty, and the faculty senate.
  • 1995
    Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowship
    Grant to support artistic development, nurture artistic creativity, and recognize the contributions individual artists make to the creative environment of the state of Minnesota.
  • 1993
    Granta Magazine
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    Best of the Young American Novelists