Husband David Skanderson

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Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD 21218

Barry Brennessel (born January 1, 1964) has earned degrees in English and French from the State University of New York College at Brockport, and a Master of Arts in Writing from the Johns Hopkins University.

Tinseltown, a Finalist in the 24th Annual Lambda Literary Awards, is Barry’s first novel. His novel The Celestial won the Gold Medal in the 2012 ForeWord Book of the Year Awards and was a Finalist in the 25th Annual Lambda Literary Awards. His novel Paradise at Main and Elm, and two collections of short stories—A Special Kind of Folk and Reunion—were all Finalists in the ForeWord Book of the Year Awards.

When not embroiled in his own writing, Barry sips wine, nibbles on chocolate, and watches films and TV—both the classic and the cheesy.



He met his husband David Skanderson on July 15, 1988, and they married on July 15, 2013.