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"The story Barnes weaves in this memoir–a story of suicidal desires and success, of what drives siblings apart and could, at turns, bring them back together–is a lyric noir of family instability, personal revelation, and queer inheritance both genealogical and literary ... Our job, as Barnes beautifully demonstrates here, is to take the ashes of our lives—not only our lived lives, but our lives as readers, too—and sculpt them into a new art." - William Stockton, Literary Lambda Review

26 January 2019 @ Spotty Dog & Ale in Hudson, NY

The Dark Eclipse: Reflections on Suicide and Absence is a book of personal essays in which the author A.W. Barnes seeks to come to terms with the suicide of his older brother, Mike. Using source documentation—police report, autopsy, suicide note, and death certificate—the essays explore Barnes’ relationship with Mike and their status as gay brothers raised in a large conservative family in the Midwest. In addition, the narrative traces the brothers’ difficult relationship with their father, a man who once studied to be a Trappist monk before marrying and fathering eight children. Because of their shared sexual orientation, A.W. hoped he and Mike would be close, but their relationship was as fraught as the author’s relationship with his other brothers and father. While the rest of the family seems to have forgotten about Mike, who died in 1993, Barnes has not been able to let him go. This book is his attempt to do so.

The Dark Eclipse: Reflections on Suicide and Absence 


25 January 2019 @ Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY

8 March 2019 @ Time Space Limited (TSL), Hudson, NY

In December 2018, I began a radio book tour. Below is list of the programs I've been on or that are scheduled. Some of these were live and some of these were taped for later broadcast. Most of them can be found archived on the station's website. Where possible, I've included a link to the archive. 

Radio Book Tour

writer, artist, scholar, cultural critic, queer theorist

A. W. Barnes

14 March 2019

4:00pm - 5:00pm - Live

The Thursday Afternoon Show


Hudson, NY

Ellen Thurston and Tom DePietro - hosts

Listen here

4 February 2019


Moments with Marianne

iHeart Radio

28 January 2019

9:35am - 9:50am ET - Live

Morning Edition


Hayward, WI

Eric Schubring - host

24 January 2019



Jackson, MS

Cyrus Webb - host

21 January 2019

3:40pm - 4:00pm - LIVE

Conversations Live

KKNW AM 1150 & FM 98.9

Seattle, WA

Vicki St. Claire - host

Listen here

(my interview starts at the 35 minute mark)

31 December 2018

12:15pm - 12:30pm - LIVE

Get the Funk Out


Irvine, CA

Janeane Bernstein - host

Listen here

20 December 2018

11:00am - 11:20am - LIVE

The Jim Engster Show

Louisiana Radio Network

Baton Rouge

Jim Engster - host

Listen here

19 December 2018

11:40am - 12:00pm - LIVE

The Mountain Life


Lynn Ware Peek - host

Listen here

18 December 2018

12:00pm - 1:00pm - LIVE

The Jefferson Exchange

Jefferson Public Radio

Mendocino, CA & Eugene, OR

Milt Radford - host

Listen here

17 December 2018



Kansas Public Radio

Dan Skinner - host

13 December 2018

9:10am - 9:30am - LIVE
The Morning Show

Northern Minnesota
KAXE Radio
Heidi Holtan and John Bauer - hosts

Listen here

12 December 2018


Strategies for Living

Newsradio 710/Keel Radio

Shreveport, LA

David McMillan - host

12 December 2018

15 With the Author

KYMN Radio in Northfield, MN

Teri Knight - host

Airs in January

Listen here

12 December 2018



WAMC Northeast Public Radio

Joe Donahue - host

Aired in 9 January 2019

Listen here

12 December 2018

9:20am - 9:30am  - LIVE

The Morning Show

KMA Radio

Dean Atkins- host

Listen here

11 December 2018


Conversations with Charlie

IHUB Radio

Palm Springs/Coachelle Valle

Charlie Dyer - host

Airs in January

8 December 2018

1:20pm - 1:40pm - LIVE

Second Saturday Magazine

WPKN Radio

Bob Johnson - host

6 December 2018

11:46pm - 11:56pm LIVE

The Frankie Boyer Lifestyle



Frankie Boyer - host 

6 December 2018


MediaTracks Communications


Evan Rook - host

10 December 2018

The Morning Show

WGVU Radio

Grand Rapids, MI

Shelley Irwin - host

Listen here