Bio

dhs_35_200x300.jpgDavid Henry Sterry is the author of 16 books, a performer, muckraker, educator, activist, and book doctor.

Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent, 10 Year Anniversary Edition (Soft Skull, 2013)

 “Ten years ago, this debut memoir from Sterry burst upon the literary scene with an energy and inventiveness…Sterry’s memoir still crackles with its unsparingly honest approach.”

Hos, Hookers, Call Girls and Rent-Boys: Professionals Writing on Life, Love, Money & Sex (with RJ Martin, Soft Skull, 2009). Featured on the front cover of the Sunday New York Times Book Review.  Now in its seventh printing. Optioned by Marta Kauffman, co-creator of the TV show Friends.

“Eye-opening, astonishing, brutally honest and frequently funny… unpretentious and riveting — but also graphic, politically incorrect and mostly unquotable in this newspaper.”—The New York Times Sunday Book Review (front page review)

Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent (ReganBooks, 2002). Bestseller sold into 12 countries.

“Sterry writes with comic brio… [he] honed a vibrant outrageous writing style and turned out this studiously wild souvenir of a checkered past.”–Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Stunning… Sterry’s prose fizzes like fireworks. Every page crackles… Very easy and exciting to read–as laconic as Dashiell Hammett, as viscerally hallucinogenic as Hunter S Thompson. Sex, violence, drugs, love, hate, and great writing all within a single wrapper. What more could you possibly ask for?” –The Irish Times

The Essential Guide To Getting Your Book Published (Workman, 2010). Based on the Stanford Workshop created by himself and his wife, former agent and author, Arielle Eckstut.

“Before you write your own book, read this one first.” –Jonathan Karp, Publisher, 12 Books

Johns, Marks, Tricks & Chickenhawks: Professionals & Their Clients Write About Each Other (Soft Skull, 2013)

“Utterly captivating … courageous, raw, and intelligent writing that breaks taboos and smashes misconceptions.

Mort Morte (Battered Suitcase, 2013)

“Reminds me of Lolita, Catcher in the Rye, Full Metal Jacket, Alice in Wonderland with AA Milne & Dexter thrown in … Diary of a Wimpy Kid as told by Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver”

The Glorious World Cup: A Balls-Out Guide (Dutton, 2010). Became to go-to World Cup expert for NPR and the Huffington Post.

Confessions of a Sex Manic (Kismet, 2011) Hardboiled San Francisco noir,

Henry Miller Award Finalist.

Master of Ceremonies: A True Story of Love, Murder, Rollerskates and Chippendales (Canongate/ Grove-Atlantic).

Master of Ceremonies is dizzying, tender, and… resplendent with seedy glamour, hilarious backstage madness, and unflinching honesty.”–Library Journal

The Hobbyist (Battered Suitcase, 2013) Written under the pseudonym King Starr

The LittleMissMatched Series: LittleMissMatched’s Pajama Party in a Box (Workman, 2007), LittleMissMatched’s Fabulous Marvelous Me (Workman, 2007), LittleMissMatched’s The Writer in Me (Workman, 2008), LittleMissMatched’s The Artist in Me (Workman, 2008). LittleMissMatched is a company dedicated to inspiring creativity and self-expression in girls of all ages. These books, created with Arielle Eckstut, have been sold everywhere from FAO Schwarz to Toys R Us to Disneyland.

Travis & Freddy’s Adventures in Vegas (Dutton, 2006). Written under the pseudonym Henry Johnson.

“This is a winner.”— Library Journal

Satchel Sez; The Wit, Wisdom & World of Leroy Satchel Paige (Crown, 2001). Picked by the ALA as one of the best books of the year for teens.

David is unique as an author in that he brings together his love for the written word with his love for performance. In his life as an actor, he performed with everyone from Milton Berle to Will Smith to Michael Caine to Zippy the Chimp. He performed in over 750 commercials, including 4 Clio winners, starred in HBO’s Emmy Award-winning Encyclopedia, and emceed at Chippendale’s in New York City. As a screenwriter, he wrote for Disney, Fox and Nickelodeon. After his memoir, Chicken, was published, David put his performance and playwriting skills to work and wrote and performed a one-man show based on the book. After a highly praised debut in San Francisco (the chief theater critic for the San Francisco Chronicle said, “Richly entertaining and thought-provoking… Speaks cleverly and provocatively to anyone who’s ever been or had a child.”), David took his one-man show to Edinburgh’s Fringe Festival where it was named the #1 play in the UK by The Independent week after week.  For each and every book David publishes, he puts together a unique and robust publicity and marketing plan which utilizes his performance skills. Examples include:

  • A 6-hour workshop on how to get published at Stanford University
  • A high concept event like “The Art of the Memoir” which he’s done everywhere from City Lights to the Strand to the 92nd St Y
  • A cutting-edge reading series like “Sex Worker Literati”, which has become a sold-out monthly event at Bowery Poetry Club in NYC

David also makes sure to stay in the public eye between book publications through blogging for the Huffington Post, writing about everything from politics, to same-sex marriage, to college football corruption, to the newest innovations in publishing, to the NFL cracking down on snow angels.  He has also appeared in many anthologies (his story in San Francisco Noir was a finalist for the Henry Miller Award), and writing for publications such as The London Times, The San Francisco Chronicle and Penthouse.  In addition, his movies on YouTube have been watched over three quarters of a million times.

David has been featured in dozens and dozens of media outlets including: The New York Times, The London Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Details Magazine, BBC, NPR’s Morning and Weekend Edition and Talk of the Nation.

David has taught at Stanford University, University of New Orleans, Reed College, UCLA, SF State, and the US Department of Justice. He’s assisted lawyers, models, architects, and writers to present themselves and their ideas with clarity and passion.  He’s also helped many amateur writers become professional authors. He’s worked as a chicken, a chicken fryer, a master of ceremonies, a soda jerk, a cherry picker, a poet, a building inspector, a telephone solicitationist, a limo driver, a barker, an industrial sex technician, and a marriage counselor. He loves any sport with balls, and his girls. He graduated from Reed College, and loves his cat, his girls, and any sport involving a ball.