Writing

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FICTION and NON-FICTION:

Recipient of The Estruscan Award
(Memoir/Non-Fiction)
           I watched how she just stood there; stuck and overwhelmed. She seemed tiny amidst the noise and clatter. Sailors brushed past her, this direction, that direction. The worn cloth of their dark blue coveralls, their working clothes, folded up at the sleeve, curling around the elbow into thick, loose cuffs, brushing the clean white pressed material of her uniform as they rushed by. Her hands gripped her folder, her orders, her medical record, the papers telling her to come here. She was told to wait right there but on a warship weeks away from combat and deployment, there’s no such thing as right there. There’s only yesterday and this should have been done already and what are we going to do when we get out there and need this? So right there becomes excuse me, ma’am¸ and on your left, and don’t stand there, and watch yourself and she must wonder, when will someone be up to fetch me?

FREELANCE and GHOSTWRITING:

Fiction - Nonfiction - Memoir - Essay - Journalism - Screen - Stage 
The New York Times
The Navy Times
Locale Magazine
ExploringCarribean.com
Quiltfolk

SHORT FILM

Leave
The unexpected meeting between Sam and Elinor on a cattle ranch in Southwestern Arizona the last few days before Sam's deployment to the Middle East yields a friendship that forces Elinor to make decisions about her life as they both face issues of racism and bigotry.
AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS:
-American Gem Literary Festival (Grand Prize)
-New Hope Film Festival (Official Selection)
-Richmond Int'l Film Festival (Official Selection)
-California Women's Film Festival (Best Short Script)
-Harlem International Film Festival (Finalist)
-Diverse Voices Competition (Semi-Finalist)
-World Series of Screenwriting (Gold Medal)
-Grove Film Festival (Official Selection)
-Austin Revolution Film Festival (Semi-Finalist)
-Hollywood Just4Shorts (Semi-Finalist)
-LA Indie Festival (Finalist)
-The Wild Bunch Film Festival (Finalist)
-Las Vegas Film Festival (Official Selection)
-Beverly Hills Screenplay Contest (Official Finalist)
-Los Angeles Int'l Screenplay Awards (Official Selection)
-Hollywood Screenplay Contest (Winner)
-Lake Charles Film Festival (Official Selection)
-Brightside Tavern Shorts Fest (Winner)
-God Country Family Christian Film Festival (Finalist)
-Atlanta Film Festival (Semi-Finalist)
Nocturne
A classical composer's muse returns for a brief visit in the final days before World War II, adding torture to pain when they clash over differing memories of the time spent together during their youth. Playing his unfinished composition together is the last moment they share before a broken heart leads to bitter regret.
AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS:
-Creative World Awards (Finalist)
Unpunished
Racism takes many forms. Things aren't always as they seem. Even in broad daylight.
AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS:
-Get it Made Short-Form Screenplay Contest (Finalist)
Not Forever
A casual dinner between two women becomes a life-changing event as they discuss opera, love, and the cost of living.
AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS:
-Best Shorts Competition
TRAINING:
BA in Theatre Arts - Directing  -  University of San Diego, San Diego, CA
MA in Creative Writing - Nonfiction  -  Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA
MA in Japanese Studies  -  Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan
American Conservatory Theatre  San Francisco, CA
Writers Bootcamp  - Santa Monica, CA
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