Barry Brennessel

Born and raised in New York State, currently residing in the Washington, D.C. metro region, and eventually returning to his beloved city of Seattle, Barry has one foot planted in the past (an avid collector of antique lamps, telephones, and periodicals) and one foot in the future (space travel!).

In addition to writing, Barry enjoys gardening, travel, film and television, theatre, wine, chocolate … and more chocolate!


While I would have loved a longer story of these two characters, this region, I’ll take what I can get. Beautiful storytelling from a wonderful author. The story ANH SANG in A PRIDE OF POPPIES reviewed by On Top Down Under

Barry Brennessel knows how to write innocent and tender love juxtaposed against a tough time, particularly first love. He has an ability to write characters that speak to me on such a visceral level … The novel ANH SANG reviewed by On Top Down Under

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by Barry Brennessel

When his father leaves Thái Nguyên City for the northernmost reaches of French Indochina, Bùi Vân Minh must shoulder new responsibilities to help keep the family afloat. His mother’s blindness and his uncle’s caustic personality add to the young man’s challenges.

A chance meeting with a captivating youth, Ngô Công Thao, throws Minh’s life off-kilter in a most exciting and confounding way.

The young men soon discover their feelings for one another transcend mere friendship. But the struggles under French colonial rule and the effects of the Great War alter their lives to a degree they never could have imagined.

This novella expands and significantly develops a story that first appeared in our highly acclaimed anthology A PRIDE OF POPPIES. The author’s screenplay adaptation of the story received an honourable mention and was a finalist in the 15th annual American Zoetrope Screenplay Contest, judged by Francis Ford Coppola, and also won the Best LGBT Feature Screenplay category at the New Renaissance Film Festival, Amsterdam 2018.

28,500 words / 120 pages 

Publication 1 May 2018

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WWI anthology cover FINAL 200pxModern GLBTQI fiction of the Great War

Ten authors – in thirteen stories – explore the experiences of GLBTQI people during World War I. In what ways were their lives the same as or different from those of other people?

A London pub, an English village, a shell-hole on the Front, the outskirts of Thai Nguyen city, a ship in heavy weather off Zeebrugge, a civilian internment camp … Loves and griefs that must remain unspoken, unexpected freedoms, the tensions between individuality and duty, and every now and then the relief of recognition. You’ll find both heartaches and joys in this astonishing range of thought-provoking stories.

!!HNSIndieShortlisted2016An anthology featuring authors:

  • Julie Bozza
  • Barry Brennessel
  • Charlie Cochrane
  • Sam Evans
  • Lou Faulkner
  • Adam Fitzroy
  • Wendy C. Fries
  • Z. McAspurren
  • Eleanor Musgrove
  • Jay Lewis Taylor

Lambda Lammy Finalist65,000 words/260 pages

Publication 1 May 2015

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Please note: All proceeds will be donated to The Royal British Legion.

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