My new fellowship
So a while back I wrote a short story for this little book my friend Kris edited, called Red: Several Marvelous, Sensational, Absurd, Visionary, Peculiar, Unthinkable, Wicked and Totally Untrue Stories. Kris’ idea was that we’d all write stories that somehow explained how a bright, red scarf ended up lying by the side of the road.
I came up with Superhero, the story of a young public defender turned vigilante who always sees the moment of his own impending death, a kind of third sight. It was a pretty fun story to write, and I really love the protagonist as a character. So, earlier this year, I asked the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for a grant to continue the story—just in a slightly different way. So, they’ve awarded me an artist fellowship to take Superhero and write a series of 30-minute scripts that will tell the story of what happens next. The idea is that someday Superhero might be a web series or something fun like that, but this is just the first in a series of very long steps. I studied television production in college and am fascinated by film, so I’m really excited about this new challenge.
As part of the fellowship, I’ll be planning and doing some community engagement events in and around DC over the next year. The most exciting, though, will be a world-premiere reading next year of two or three of the scripts, with some amazing local DC actors. The reading will benefit 826DC, an amazing non-profit in Columbia Heights that works with kids to develop their writing skills.
So, a lot going on right now and a lot of work ahead for me in the coming year. It’s been you guys though, your support, that’s really made this all possible. I couldn’t have done it without you all.