The Gray Box

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My father never liked talking about the war. When we did, he always pointed out that it was a small amount of time from his life, and not one on which he wanted to dwell. He served on the submarine, USS Aspro, in the WWII Pacific Theater. This photograph is one that he took, quipping about the dead Japanese soldiers, within. This, among letters and memorabilia from other soldiers’ experiences, informed my experience in the writing of the award winning poem, “Pacific Theater.”
In the next step of my journey with this material, I am writing a stage play titled, “The Gray Box.” For the rest of this year, I will be sharing the objects from this war and the creation of the new work, “The Gray Box.”
I hope you will drop in from time-to-time to join me on this journey.

Maryland State Arts Council Announces 2017 Individual Artist Award Recipients

msac_logo_rgb2Last July, I submitted a collection of my poetry to the Maryland State Arts Council for consideration in their 2017 Individual Artist Award competition, which is judged solely on artistic merit. I am absolutely delighted and honored to be the recipient of the highest level of this award.

The primary piece was a journey through a soldier’s experience in the South Pacific Theater during WWII. This work, The Gray Box, is being developed into a performance piece for stage.

Below is the Maryland State Arts Council’s press release. I am proud and honored to be counted in the company of such talented Artists.



Maryland State Arts Council Announces 2017
Individual Artist Award Recipients

$245,000 awarded to 88 outstanding Maryland artists

BALTIMORE (April 11, 2017)—The Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC), an agency of the Maryland Department of Commerce, announced that $245,000 has been awarded to 88 Maryland artists through the 2017 Individual Artist Awards (IAA). This year, the MSAC received submissions from 348 applicants.

“We are thrilled to recognize these outstanding artists for their contributions to the cultural fabric of our state,” said Julie Madden, MSAC Interim Executive Director. “As one of the state arts councils with the longest-running programs in the country to honor accomplishments of individual artists, we feel it is important to recognize their significant contributions to Maryland’s overall vitality.”

Awardees will be honored during a late June ceremony at the American Visionary Art Museum in Baltimore and will receive individual grants of $1,000, $3,000 or $6,000 in recognition of their outstanding achievement and in support of their continued artistic growth.

“The awards have been critical to my ability to continue my work as a dancer and choreographer in Maryland,” said three-time awardee Christopher K. Morgan, a dance artist and choreographer from Montgomery County who received the 2017 IAA for Solo Dance Performance. “The awards always seem to arrive at a critical moment, bridging a necessary funding gap in my creative life. And the affirmation from a national jury of my artistic peers and from the community in which I live and create is incredibly meaningful.”

The MSAC’s competitive IAA Program is administered in partnership with Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation and recognizes artists in 18 disciplines divided into three groups with awards presented in each discipline every three years. This year’s awardees represented the fields of Classical Music Composition, Classical Music Solo Performance, Dance Choreography, Dance Solo Performance, World Music Composition, World Music Solo Performance, Poetry, and Sculpture and were chosen, based solely on artistic merit, by an out-of-state jury of discipline-specific experts.

“I am deeply grateful to receive an award,” said Dr. Lalita Noronha, recipient of a 2017 IAA for poetry. “Emily Dickinson wrote, ‘Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.’ The MIAA offers hope to writers, poets, musicians, and visual and performing artists who are the creative and collective soul of our state.”

The full list of 2017 IAA awardees can be found here. The 2018 IAA application period opens in May 2017, with a deadline of July 21, 2017. Eligible categories for 2018 include Non-Classical Music Composition, Non-Classical Music Solo Performance, Playwriting, Visual Arts Crafts, and Visual Arts Photography. IAA Program and application information can be found on MSAC’s website here.

About Maryland State Arts Council

A part of the Department of Commerce, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, the Maryland State Arts Council (MSAC) is dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. Maryland State Arts Council grantees generate $1 billion in economic activity and support more than 12,155 jobs and $49 million in state and local tax revenue. (Source: Economic Impact of the Arts in Maryland: FY 2014) For information, call (410) 767-6555 or TTY (410) 333-4519.

MOBTOWN, the graphic novel, appears in indie feature, A CLEAN EXIT

We created a MOBTOWN poster for the web series, SHOTGUN MYTHOS, which went on hiatus before filming their second season. To fill that void, Clint Gaige, writer and director of SHOTGUN started and wrapped principal photography on his movie, A CLEAN EXIT.

On August 20, 2016, A CLEAN EXIT appeared for a private screening at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Winchester, Virginia. While attending, I was delighted to see that MOBTOWN (in the form of the poster) had a cameo in the film.


Our poster, developed for Growth Media Services studio to use on set was courtesy of James Gossard and Gabe Fremuth, with photography by Amy Gossard and poster design by Taylor Birk, author of “That Place In-Between.”


More news on MOBTOWN:

We lost our graphic artist in the middle of Issue One, A BAD DAY. Since then, Gabe and I have written three more issues and will focus on our marketing package. While we hope to find a graphic artist for MOBTOWN, we continue to move forward to find a home for the graphic novel.

Spotlight on Screenwriters

WHITE DUST PosterI’m pleased to announce that my screenplay, WHITE DUST, and my co-authored screenplay, IN MIND, were selected to be featured in the Women in Film & Video (WIFV) Spotlight on Screenwriters Spec-Catalog. The catalog features production-ready screenplays written by WIFV members. This project is part of the WIFV Annual ScriptDC writers / producers / directors’ conference and in honor of its 35th Anniversary.




IN MIND Poster


Spotlight on Screenwriters is made possible in part with the generous support of the Washington, DC Office of Motion Picture and Television Development, Interface Media Group, Script Magazine, and The Writers Store.


With four hours and four minutes to spare, I wrote FADE OUT on my new screenplay, GREEN.

I met the challenge to write a script in thirty days. Even knowing that it’s a shitty first draft, I’m emotionally enthralled to have that feeling of accomplishment. I met script page count, wrote a compelling story that pushed my hero to his limit and beyond, and I created a new super hero for our times.

I also received notice from Final Draft today that my script, WHITE DUST, placed in the top ten percent of nearly 7,000 scripts.