Awards

2018

Reconnected was accepted at the Los Angeles Shorts International Film Festival as well as HollyShorts, both Oscar qualifying festivals.

Reconnected received nominations from the Madrid International Film Festival for Best Lead Actor (Robert), Best Lead Actress (Barbara Bain), and Best Director (SJ Main).

The film he co-wrote and starred in, Reconnected, was selected as a finalist at the 48th annual USA Film Festival.

L.A.’s longest running spoken words series, the New Short Fiction Series, selected four of his short stories to be presented and read by professional actors.

Admitted to the Tin House Winter Writer’s Workshop


2017

His story, “Follicular Rivalry,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

The panel he created and chaired, Emerging from the Slush: How to Get Your Short Story Published, was presented at AWP.

Admitted to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

The writers group he founded, the Malibu Writers Circle, was selected as a presenter for Lit Crawl L.A.


2016

His story, “A Dish Best Served Warm,” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize.

His story, “Re: Connected,” was acquired and began filming in December.

Winner of the upstreet short fiction scholarship at the 2016 VCFA Postgraduate Writers’ Conference.

His play, “Putin and the Snowman,” opened Off-Broadway in July.

His story, “G.O.D. Live in Concert,” was reviewed by the Emerging Writers Network, where he was named a writer “to keep an eye out for.”

His story, “You Shouldn’t Be There,” was a finalist for the Writers@Work Fellowship.

Admitted to the Tin House Writers’ Workshop.


 2015

Selected for mentorship by the managing editor of Tin House.

Admitted to the Tin House Writers’ Workshop.

Admitted to the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

His story, “Ass Breaker,” was anthologized by Crack the Spine.