David Barnes was born in 1971 in Reading, England and studied American Studies at Manchester University. Since 2003 he has lived in Paris where he runs writing workshops and the very successful English poetry open mike he founded, SpokenWord Paris. He co-edited the anthology Strangers in Paris: New Writing Inspired by the City of Light (Tightrope Books, 2011) and self-publishes The Bastille lit magazine featuring many poets from SpokenWord Paris. He won Shakespeare & Company’s short story competition in 2006. His poems have been published in Spot Lit Magazine, 39th Parallel, Upstairs At Duroc and elsewhere.