Brent Hartinger is the author of many novels, including Geography Club (HarperCollins, 2003) and three sequels: The Order of the Poison Oak (HarperCollins, 2005), Double Feature (HarperCollins, 2007), and The Elephant of Surprise (Buddha Kitty Books, 2013). His other books include The Last Chance Texaco (HarperCollins, 2004); Grand & Humble (HarperCollins, January 2006); and Project Sweet Life (HarperCollins, 2008).
Mr. Hartinger’s writing honors include being named the winner of the Lambda Literary Award, the Scandiuzzi Children’s Book Award, a GLAAD Media Award, and a Book Sense Pick (four times).
As a screenwriter, Mr. Hartinger has had three screenplays optioned and has won top honors in many contests, including the Acclaim Screenwriting Contest, the Fresh Voices Screenwriting Competition, the Fort Lauderdale Film Festival Screenwriting in the Sun Award, the L.A. Comedy Festival Screenplay Award, and a Writer’s Network Fellowship. A feature film version of his novel, Geography Club, starring Scott Bakula, Ana Gasteyer, and Nikki Blonsky, was released in theaters and on VOD in November 2013.
Also a playwright, Mr. Hartinger’s plays have been produced in dozens of theaters nationwide and have been selected for inclusion in at least thirty-five playwriting festivals (where his work has often been named “best play” or winner of the “audience award”). A feature film version of his play The Starfish Scream is currently in very active development.
Hartinger is a sometime-member of the faculty at Vermont College in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults, and is also the co-founder of the entertainment website AfterElton.com, which was sold to MTV/Viacom in 2006. In 1990, he co-founded one of the country’s first gay youth support groups, in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington. He also created and now runs the Real Story Safe Sex Project.
He lives in Seattle with his partner, writer Michael Jensen.