Dom Testa

Author / Speaker/ Broadcaster

Dom Testa is an award-winning author, speaker, and broadcaster. For more than twenty years he has captained the morning radio show on Denver's Mix100, and in the process picked up multiple awards for Best Morning Show, presented by the Colorado Broadcasters Association.

In the third grade Dom filled a composition notebook with his earliest attempts at writing - including an A+ grade on his essay "My Boring Family". Years later his Galahad series of young adult books (Tor/Macmillan) went on to win an international grand prize from Writer's Digest, multiple EVVY Awards for Best Young Adult Book, and claimed a Top Shelf selection from The American Library Association.

Dom's Mindbender Books have reached #1 on The Denver Post's bestseller list. When he writes for younger students (grades 3-6), he writes under the pen name Buster Blank. Those delightful stories can be found at

He also writes fiction for adults under the pen name Harlan Plumber. (So many names; he's like the Sybil of authors.) Check out this collection of creepy short stories from his dark side.

His passion for writing and literacy programs led Dom to work with students, and to the creation of his foundation, The Big Brain Club. What began with writing workshops and assemblies has grown into a national online community, a powerful in-school program that helps publish teenage authors, and a year-round schedule of professional presentations to student bodies and educators alike.

Smart is Cool, Dom's latest non-fiction title, explores the issue of dumbing down and the steps necessary to overcome it.

Dom Testa lives in - and loves - Colorado. He has a remarkable son (who is an accomplished writer, under the pen name Charlie Keaton) and an exceptional daughter-in-law (a nurse and home remodeler extraordinaire). Dom makes the best spaghetti sauce west of the Mississippi, and has kept a Ficus tree alive for more than 24 years.

Awards and Distinctions

Three-time EVVY Award winner for Best Young Adult Book

  • The Comet's Curse
  • The Web of Titan
  • The Cassini Code

Two-time EVVY Award winner for Best Puzzle/Game Book

  • The Mindbender Book, Vol. 1
  • The Mindbender Book, Vol. 2

International Grand Prize from Writer's Digest Magazine

  • The Comet's Curse

2015 Selection - Youth One Book One Denver

  • The Comet's Curse

American Library Association (ALA) / Top Shelf Selection

  • The Comet's Curse

2012 Leadership in Literacy Award, Colorado Independent Publishers Association (CIPA)

Three-time winner for Morning Radio Show of the Year

  • Mix100 / Denver

2012 Inductee in the Cooper High School Hall of Fame

Runner-Up Friendliest Boy in high school (Yes, really. He's still pretty friendly, too.)

P.O. Box 370567     Denver, CO     80237