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H. Lee Barnes (1944- )
Nevada Writers Hall of Fame 2009

Head shot of H Lee Barnes, 2009 Nevada Writers Hall of Fame inductee

H. Lee Barnes was born in Moscow, Idaho, and grew up in the West. After serving in the Vietnam War as a Green Beret (U. S. Army Special Forces), he worked as a deputy sheriff in Clark County from 1966-1972, a narcotics agent for the Nevada Division of Narcotics in Reno from 1973-1976, a privatge investigator, a construction laborer, and a casino employee from 1977-1989. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1989 as the Outstanding Senior in the College of Arts and Letters, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He later earned his Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Arizona State University. Barnes has served as assistant editor, fiction editor, and contributing editor for the Red Rock Review. He currently lives in Las Vegas where he teaches English and creative writing at the College of Southern Nevada. As a hiker, photographer and motorcycle enthusiast, he enjoys touring the highways of the southwest and the lure of inviting back roads.

Barnes' fiction focuses largely on working-class characters of the west and southwest, many of whom are war veterans. His narratives often deal with external events that subsume his characters as they try to deal with their sense of disaffection and negotiate a path through contemporary life. He has published five books and over 40 short stories and essays. He contributed the first chapter for Restless City, the 2009 collaborative serial novel project sponsored by the Vegas Valley Book Festival.

Barnes' short fiction has been awarded the Williamette Fiction Award, the Arizona Authors Association Fiction Award, and the Clackamas Literary Review Fiction Award. Gunning for Ho, his first book, was a finalist for the Texas Institute of letters First Fiction Award. His Las Vegas novel,The Lucky, was a finalist for the Western Writers of America Fiction Award. Published by the University of Nevada Press, it was one of the Association of American University Presses' 2004 Show Winners for Book Jacket and Cover. In 2006, his short story, "The Run," was adapted into a short film by screenplay writer and director Gene Zaromski. Barnes played the role of Driver for the film. He won the 2008 War Poetry Contest, sponsored by Winning Writers, for two poems: Firefight and Sticking Points.

Bibliography for H. Lee Barnes

Books

Dummy Up and Deal: Inside the Culture of Casino Dealing . Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2002. [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections: HV 6711 .B37 2002; Great Basin College, Elko]

Gunning for Ho: Vietnam Stories. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2000. [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections: PS 3552 .A673854 G86 2000; Great Basin College, Elko]

The Lucky. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2003. [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections: PS 3552 .A673854 L83 2003; Great Basin College, Elko]

The Lucky (excerpt) in Literary Nevada: Writings from the Silver State. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2008; p. 662-671. [Available: Knowledge Center and Special Collections and Basque Library: PS 571 .N3 L57 2008; Great Basin College, Elko; WNC-Carson City]

Minimal Damage: Stories of Vietnam. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2007. [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections: PS 3552 .A673854 M56 2007; Great Basin College, Elko; WNC-Carson City]

Restless City. Vegas Valley Book Festival - collaborative serial novel project: Las Vegas Writes, 2009.

Talk to Me, James Dean: Stories of the Southwest. Las Vegas, NV: Stephens Press, 2004. [Available: Knowledge Center: PS 3552 .A673854]

Nonfiction: Book Reviews, Essays, Journal Articles

"Book Review: Vivian Shipley's Fair Haven." Red Rock Review. (Winter 2002), No. 11; p. 123-124. [Available: Knowledge Center Government Documents: 29-Un35 7: 2002 Winter; Special Collections: PS 501 .R43]

"Book Review: Vivian Shipley's When There Is No Shore." Red Rock Review. (Summer 2003), No. 14; p. 170-171.

"Changing Hands" in Clackamas Literary Review (Fall/Winter, 2000).

"Editorial Statement." Red Rock Review. (Summer 1999), Vol. 1, no. 6; p. iii-v. [Available: Knowledge Center Special Collections: PS 501 .R43]

"I Was Young, Had Hair and Went to War." Flint Hills Review (Emporia State University). Issue 4 (1999). [Available: Knowledge Center Special Collections]

"Riding the Curves into the Twenty-First Century" in Western Futures: Perspectives on the Humanities at the Millennium. Reno: Nevada Humanities Committee, 2000. [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections: F 595.3 .W47 2000; Great Basin College, Elko; WNC-Fallon]

"Western Writer Feature: Richard Wiley: An International Writer Residing in the Southwest." Red Rock Review. (Summer 1999), Vol. 1, no. 6; p. 106-109. [Available: Knowledge Center Special Collections: PS 501 .R43]

Poems

Firefight.

Sticking Points.

Short Stories

"A Lovely Day in the A Shau Valley," in Clackamus Literary Review. (Spring/Summer, 1997).

"Candescent," in Clackamas Literary Review. (Spring/Summer 2001).

"The Cat in the Cage." Flint Hills Review (Emporia State University). Issue 4 (1999), pp. 34-42. [Available: Knowledge Center Special Collections]

"The First Hunger." Connecticut Review. Vol. 25, no. 2. (Fall 2003), p. 147-156. [Available: Knowledge Center, Special Collections]

"Gunning for Ho." Flint Hills Review (Emporia State University). Issue 4 (1999), pp. 43-55. [Available: Knowledge Center Special Collections]

"Hueco Tanks," in Clackamas Literary Review. (Spring/Summer, 2000).

"The Maiden and the King: A Post-Postmodern Fairy Tale." Red Rock Review. (Spring 2003), No. 13, p. 66-67. [Available: Knowledge Center Government Publications: 29-Un35 7: 2003 Spring; Special Collections: PS 501 .R43]

"On the Road to Mandalay without Laughter." The MacGuffin. (Special Issue, 2000) Vol. 17, no. 2. [Available: Knowledge Center Special Collections].

"Plateau Lands." Echoes. (Memorial Day, 1997), No. 17.

"Pushover," Red Rock Review. (Winter 1996), p. 23-35. [Available: Knowledge Center Government Publications: 29-Un35 7: 1996 Winter; Special Collections: PS 501 .R43]

"The Run," in In the Shadow of the Strip: Las Vegas Stories. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2003. [Available: Knowledge Center; Special Collections: PS 574 .L37 I5 2003; Great Basin College, Elko; WNC-Carson City]

The Run (2006 short film). Director and screenplay writer: Gene Zaromski.

"The Science of Color (Part One)." Liberty Watch. Vol. 3, no. 6.

"The Science of Color (Part Two)." Liberty Watch. Vol. 3, no. 7.

"Stonehands and the Tigress" in:

  • Clackamas Literary Review. (Spring/Summer, 1998).
  • The River Underground: An Anthology of Nevada Fiction. Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2001. [Available: Knowledge Center; Special Collections: PS 571 .N3 R58 1001; Great Basin College, Elko; WNC-Carson City]

"Tunnel Rat," in Clackamas Literary Review. (Spring/Summer 1999).

Biographical Sources and Critical Response

Anonymous. "Book Festival Draws Regional, National Writers to Westminster." Salt Lake Tribune. (Sep. 17, 2000). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]

_________. "H. Lee Barnes" in Contemporary Authors Online. [Available online via the Literature Resource Center database for UNR-affiliates, only]

_________. "H. Lee Barnes" in Marquis Whos' Who on the Web. {Available for UNR-affiliates, only]

_________. "Writers@Work July 9-14 at Westminster." Salt Lake Tribune. (July 2, 2000). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]

"Arts Beat." The Dallas Morning News. (March 31, 2001). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]

Barnes, H. Lee. "Carpenter building new image (letter to editor)." Las Vegas Review-Journal. (Sep. 25, 2005). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]

______. "Politics and Vietnam." Las Vegas Review-Journal. (Sep. 5, 2004). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]

Buhlig, Lynda, et al. "Outstanding Undergraduates: Where Are They Now?" College of Liberal Arts. Las Vegas: University of Nevada, Las Vegas. (Spring 2007), p. 1, 3.

Chisum, Jeffrey. "Nevada Noir." Online Nevada Encyclopedia.

Dickensheets, Scott. "Life, letters and Las Vegas: A conversation between Doublas Unger and H. Lee Barnes." Las Vegas Weekly. (Oct. 30, 2008).

Faulkner, Sarah. "In the Shadow of the Strip." Southwestern American Literature. (Fall 2004) Vol. 30, no. 1, p. 115. [Available via the Literature Resource Center database for UNR-affiliates, only]

"H. Lee Barnes Episode." KNPR Interviews. (Nov. 11, 2008). MP3 audio download.

"Just Voices program brings local author into high schools." Nevada Partnership for Inclusive Education. (March 31, 2009).

Logsdon, Rich. "Literary Magazines in Nevada." Online Nevada Encyclopedia.

Naparsteck, Martin. "Nevada Stories Flow All Over the Globe in 'River Underground." Salt Lake Tribune. (June 17, 2001). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]

__________. "Stories from Glitter Gulch." Salk Lake Tribune (Sep. 14, 2003). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]

Nobles, Mike. "Las Vegas Stories offers lots of action." Tulsa World (April 25, 2004). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]

Przybys, John. "Movie Monster Mash." Las Vegas Review-Journal. (Oct. 30, 2007). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]

_______. "What Makes Las Vegas Las Vegas." Las Vegas Review-Journal (May 29, 2008). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]

Reviews of Dummy Up and Deal: Inside the Culture of Casino Dealing:

  • Nijhuis, Michelle. High Country News. (Feb. 3, 2003) Vol. 35, no. 2, p. 12. [Available: Knowledge Center-Special Collections: Oversize S 900 .H5; online via Alt-Press Watch database for UNR-affiliates only]
  • Kirkus Reviews. (June 15, 2002) Vol. 70, no. 12, p. 849. [Available online via Academic Search Premier database for UNR-affiliates, only]
  • Library Journal. Supplement. (9-15-2002) Vol. 127, no. 15, p. 33. [Available: Knowledge Center: Z 671 .L7 2002; and online via Academic Search Premier database for UNR-affiliates, only]
  • Smith, John L. "Shuffling in Search of the Real Las Vegas." Las Vegas Review-Journal. (July 7, 2002). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]
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Reviews of Gunning for Ho: Vietnam Stories:

  • Chamberlain, Marlene. Booklist. (March 15, 2000) Vol. 96, no. 14, p. 1326. [Available online via Academic Search Premier database for UNR-affiliates, only]
  • Fry, Joseph A. Nevada Historical Society Quarterly. (Spring 2002) Vol. 45, no. 1, p. 53+.
  • Gold, Jerome. "Tunnel Rats." Boston Review. (Summer 2000). Vol. 25, no. 3.
  • Naparsteck, Martin. "Harsh Realities Are the Rule in West's Best Books of 2000." Salt Lake Tribune (Dec. 31, 2000). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]
  • _________. "The West Under Cover." Salt Lake Tribune (March 26, 2000). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]
  • Publishers Weekly. (Jan. 31, 2000) Vol. 247, no. 5, p. 81. [Available: Knowledge Center: Z 1219 .P98; and online via Academic Search Premier database for UNR-affiliates, only]
  • Sherwin, Elisabeth. "Barnes hopes a certain bartender will read his work." Printed Matter. (March 19, 2000).
  • "War on the Frontier." Tulsa World (Feb. 11, 2001). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]

Reviews of The Lucky:

Reviews of Minimal Damage: Stories of Veterans:

Reviews of Talk to Me James Dean: Stories of the Southwest:

  • Naparsteck, Martin. "The West Under Cover." Salt Lake Tribune (April 11, 2004). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]

Smith, John L. "Downfall of Horseshoe shoves Benny Binion's legend into past." Las Vegas Review-Journal. (Jan. 20, 2004). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]

Sodeman, Buzz. "Veteran and fencer make their mark." Pahrump Valley Times. (March 26, 2008). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]

White, Ken. "Writers Bloc." Las Vegas Review-Journal. (Nov. 1, 2002). [Available online via the Access World News (Newsbank) database for UNR-affiliates, only]

Please direct questions about this bibliography to Betty Glass.