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David Henry Sterry is a bestselling author, Huffington Post regular, award winning actor/comic, book doctor, teacher, and activist. His latest book is The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published (Workman). Before that was The Glorious World Cup (Penguin) about World Cup 2010. His anthology Hos, Hookers, Call Girls & Rent Boys was featured on the front page of the Sunday NY Times book review. His second memoir was Master of Ceremonies: a True Story of Sex, Drugs, Rollerskates and Chippendale's (Grove Atlantic/Canongate, 2008). He is writer of and performer in the one-man show "Chicken", based on his bestselling memoir Chicken: Self-Portrait of a Young Man for Rent (ReganBooks: 2002), which has been translated into nine languages, and is being made into a Hollywood movie. Putting Your Passion into Print (Workman, 2005), was based on the class he taught at Stanford. Satchel Sez: The Wit, Wisdom & World of Leroy "Satchel" Paige (Random House, 2001), was an ALA pick-of-the-year,. His story in San Francisco Noir (Akashic, 2005) was a finalist for the Henry Miller Award. His poetry has appeared everywhere from Santa Monica Review to the Hungry Orangutan. He's written for The London Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, Penthouse, and The Scotsman. And he’s written screenplays for Disney, Fox, and Nickelodeon.
Sterry has taught at Reed College, University of New Orleans, Berkeley High School, Columbia, SF State, and to the US Department of Justice. He’s helped lawyers, models, architects, and writers present themselves and their ideas with clarity and passion. He’s also helped dozens of amateur writers become professional authors.
Sterry wrote and performed in "Chicken", the show, which he presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where it was named the UK's #1 play by The Independent. He’s performed with everyone from Robin Williams to Milton Berle to Will Smith to Michael Caine to Zippy the Chimp. As a TV pitchman he performed in over 750 commercials, winning 4 Clios. Starred in HBO's Emmy Award-winning Encyclopedia. Emceed at Chippendale's in NY.
Sterry has produced events such as Pitchapalooza, an American Idol for books, which has sold out venues from the Miami Book Festival to the venerable Strand Bookstore. His Art of the Memoir has been presented from the 92nd St Y. to City Lights. Putting Your Passion Into Print has been presented everywhere from Miami-Dade College to the Texas Book Festival. Sex Worker Literati been done everywhere from the original Barnes & Noble in New York City to Powell’s in Portland, Oregon.
Sterry has been featured in: The New York Times, The London Times, The Sunday Times, The LA Times, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Details Magazine, BBC, NPR's Morning and Weekend Edition, as well as Talk of the Nation. Chicken was published by Canongate in the UK, Dutch (de Kern), German (Rowohlt), Spanish (Grupo Planeta), Croatian (Celeber), and Russia (Red Fish), and in Italian (Adelphi).
Sterry has worked as a chicken, a chicken fryer, a master of ceremonies, a soda jerk, a cherrypicker, a poet, a building inspector, a telephone solicitationist, a limo driver, a barker, an industrial sex technician, and a marriage counselor. He graduated from Reed College, and loves his cat, his girls, and any sport involving a ball.