Journalist – Fiction Writer
Broadcaster – Teacher
DJ Bartel confronts the notion of what is true in literature. Why or how is it true? Can writing that is not true be truer than the truth, and can one tell the truth as fantasy? Dennis James is an award-winning investigative reporter and longtime respected author of fiction. His writing is peeled from the skin of life and grafted to the page without changing much (except a few names, maybe).
DJ’s book of stories Voyeurs was named “Best Story Collection of 2007” in L.A.* An expanded edition was later issued by The Gramercy Press.
Dennis James Bartel’s eclectic & electric novel High’d Up which one distinguished poet called “the most erudite novel I’ve ever read,”^ likewise received a second printing from Gramercy in an illustrated edition.
Dennis often visits our website to comment, as we roll out more of his writing, his interviews, and his audio work in broadcasting, much of which comes to us directly from his auspices.
Give a listen to Dennis Bartel’s radio documentary Our Daily Bread, which sounds as relevant today as it did in 1988 when he produced this moving portrait of a soup kitchen and its patrons.
High’d Up is now illustrated. DJB agreed to an interview with us at djbartel.com about this event in the life of one of our favorite novels. Click here to read our discussion.
For a complete biography click: DJ Biography.
* Beverly Hills Review
^ J.T. Ledbetter, distinguished poet & Professor Emeritus, California Lutheran University