L. D. Barnes is a life long Chicagoan, proud of her beginnings on the West Side.  She attended Roosevelt University and the Art Institute of Chicago before spending her work life at several cultural, medical, political, broadcasting and corporate institutions.  Starting her writing with IT training guides, disaster recovery manuals and other technical pieces, she expanded into Star Trek fan fiction, short stories and following in her father's footsteps, the occasional poem.   She joined the Beverly Art's Center Writers Group, where she edited and contributed to their literary magazine, the BAC Street Journal.  Deciding to fulfill the urge to be a storyteller full time, she now writes stories of Chicago. Some are mysteries, some are romances, some are memoirs.  

 

 

 

Using her longtime love of music, she told jazz stories in blog form for Rick O'Dell's Smooth Jazz Chicago website in 2014 and 2015.  

Using the form of poetry developed by Truth Thomas called the Skinny poem, she has been published on the website 'The Skinny Poetry Journal'.  

https://theskinnypoetryjournal.wordpress.com/2016/06/22/heels-by-l-d-barnes/

One of her poems, Recipe, is  included in Revising the Psalm: Work Celebrating the Writing of Gwendolyn Brooks, which Curbside Splendor published  in honor of Gwendolyn Brooks 100th Birthday.    Copies of this anthology of over ninety authors, poets and artists is available from  http://www.curbsidesplendor.com/books/revise-the-psalm-work-celebrating-the-writing-of-gwendolyn-brooks  or Amazon  for  $24.95. 

 

You can order a copy from the book tab  at Curbside Splendor Press   

                          With Lori Rader-Day, Clare O'Donohue and Sara Peretsky.  

                          With Lori Rader-Day, Clare O'Donohue and Sara Peretsky.  

In the above photo, she is celebrating coming in second in the Mystery Writers of America Midwest Chapter's Flash Fiction Contest at the 2015 Printer's Row Lit Fest was the highlight of that summer.  What a joy that was!   She's not eligible to compete this year because she joined the organization.   

 

 

Her story entitled "My Mount Greenwood Home" will be included in the 2016 edition of the Tallgrass Writers Guild Anthology from Outrider Press, which will be available at Printer's Row Book Fair (Table 215) and online in October.   Currently, she is working on book two of a police procedural murder mystery trilogy set in the late 1970's  with the aid of her husband Frank, a retired Chicago Patrolman.  The first book, The 107th Street Murder is set in Beverly, Oak Lawn and Morgan Park.  The second book, The Canyon Clinic Murders is set on the near west side and the third book, The Fine Art of Murder is set in the museums of downtown and the near south side.  

Her story entitled "My Mount Greenwood Home" will be included in the 2016 edition of the Tallgrass Writers Guild Anthology from Outrider Press, which will be available at Printer's Row Book Fair (Table 215) and online in October.  

Currently, she is working on book two of a police procedural murder mystery trilogy set in the late 1970's  with the aid of her husband Frank, a retired Chicago Patrolman.  The first book, The 107th Street Murder is set in Beverly, Oak Lawn and Morgan Park.  The second book, The Canyon Clinic Murders is set on the near west side and the third book, The Fine Art of Murder is set in the museums of downtown and the near south side.  

Until these books are published, you can visit her personal blog page www.barnesversation.com or check her whereabouts on Facebook @ L.D. Barnes or read her recent essay called  'Where Have All the Starships Gone' in the webzine http://www.popmatters.com/feature/star-trek-where-have-all-the-starships-gone/