David Swatling


Originally from upstate New York, David studied drama at Syracuse University and lived in NYC for 10 years pursuing a life in the theater. He appeared in numerous off-off-Broadway productions and made his off-Broadway debut in The Passion of Dracula at the Cherry Lane Theatre in 1979. His final NYC role was an ever-so-brief appearance in the 1985 film Desperately Seeking Susan.

David moved/fled from New Amsterdam to Old Amsterdam in May 1985. His theatrical aspirations thrived again, and he worked as both actor and director for several small English-speaking companies. He got a ‘day job’ as a newsreader for Radio Netherlands, the Dutch International Service. He began reporting for various programs, and within a few years was working full-time as an arts and  culture documentary writer/producer. His series Aural Tapestry was chosen as one of the Ten Best Shows on World Radio in 2003. He won numerous awards at festivals in New York, Croatia and China, as well as from the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association.

During this time David also co-hosted Alien, a live local LGBT radio show, and wrote for Amsterdam’s first gay weekly Trash in the Streets. During the 1998 Gay Games he reported for its newspaper The Daily Friendship. Keeping his oar in LGBT activist waters, he currently edits English material for the Dutch website of Pride Photo Award.

David retired from Radio Netherlands in 2010, traveled for a year, and then began writing his first novel – Calvin’s Head.



2015 Lambda Literary Award Finalist – Gay Mystery category