In this public program, award-winning writer and director AJ Bermudez will share a reading from her new collection of short stories, centered on themes of privilege, place, and the convergence of industry and evolution. She will discuss the power of cross-disciplinary writing, the significance of merging intellect with artistry, and how stories can be leveraged to transform communities.REGISTER HERE
This event is being held in-person at Bethany Arts Community. For your safety, and the safety of our artists and staff, attendance is being limited and you will be required to wear a mask while at Bethany irrespective of vaccination status. Please read our Covid-19 Safety Statement before your visit.
AJ Bermudez is an award-winning writer and director who divides her time between Los Angeles and New York. Her past works include The Face of the Earth (winner of the Diverse Voices Award, 2018), Nightingale (winner of the Cinequest Film Festival, 2017), and Hunt (HBMG Foundation Selection, 2017). Her work has been featured at the Yale Center for British Art, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, the LBGT Toronto Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, Art Basel Hong Kong, and in a number of books and literary publications, including McSweeney’s, The Masters Review, Boulevard, Story, Chicago Review, Columbia Journal, The Offing, Gertrude Press, Hobart, Black Static, White Hot, Lunch Ticket, Baltimore Review, and elsewhere.
In addition to writing and filmmaking, Bermudez is also a former boxer and EMT, and her work gravitates toward contemporary explorations of power, the architecture of privilege, and the evolving dynamics of nature and industry. She is a Writer’s Digest National Award Winner, recipient of the Jameson Prize, a National Merit Scholar, nominee for the Spotlight Culture & Heritage Award, winner of the 2017 WILDsound Film Festival, and winner of the 2018 WeScreenplay Grand Prize. She currently serves as Artistic Director of The American Playbook, a podcast and nonprofit virtual library of plays, events, and interviews with writers, and was recently named Associate Editor of The Maine Review. Her first solo-written feature film premiered in 2018. She is an alum of the Cambridge Writers’ Workshop, one of the ISA’s Top 25 Writers to Watch, a 2021 Finalist for One Story’s Adina Talve-Goodman Fellowship, and winner of the 2021 Alpine Fellowship Writing Prize.
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Residencies and programs at Bethany Arts Community are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts Westchester, and numerous individual donors.