With a blue-collar, working class, pro-union outlook, David R. Yale writes about one of the most overlooked communities in the contemporary fiction scene. Known for heartwarming portrayals of ordinary people, he has been influenced by Charles Dickens, John Steinbeck, Jo Sinclair, Marge Piercy, and Barbara Kingsolver. Living and working in blue collar communities in Brooklyn, Minneapolis, and rural Arkansas, as well as a socialist utopian community in New York, have also shaped his narrative.
David’s fiction and poetry has been published in Midstream, Response, Newtown Literary, and Pangolin Review. His short story, The Front Room, won a Writers’ Digest second place award.
His first novel in the Shingle Creek Sagas, Becoming JiJi, won First Place in the 2018 Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards Contemporary Fiction category, and was a quarter-finalist in the 2019 ScreenCraft Cinematic Book Competition. Chemical Explosions, a short story excerpted from Becoming JiJi,was long-listed for the Lascaux Prize for Short Fiction. Yale’s second Shingle Creek Sagas novel, The Real Paul Makinen?, was a Finalist, Novel-in-Progress category, 2018 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Society competition.
His non-fiction book, The Publicity Handbook, a Fortune Book Club Selection, was in print for more than 30 years.
The Real Paul Makinen (Finalist, 2018 Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society Novels In Progress Contest)
A blue-collar community’s general strike triumphs over a right-wing conspiracy to suppress wages and deny civil liberties.
Becoming JiJi (First Place, Contemporary Fiction, 2018 Writers Digest Self-Published eBook Awards)2017
Pun Enchanted Evenings2010
The Publicity Handbook (A Fortune Book Club Selection)1982