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I like to use the term “multi-hyphenate writer,” because it’s hard for me to succinctly answer the question, “What do you do?”

For one thing, I’m a senior editor at the online film journal Bright Wall/Dark Room.

For another, I’m the writer/director of the 2018 independent feature film West of Her, winner of four Best Narrative Feature awards and hailed by critics as “enchanting” and “mesmerizingly beautiful.”

For another, I’m a playwright—my first full-length play, Why Are You Nowhere? premiered in 2017 at Southeastern Louisiana University, my second, Hot Dog Christmas, was commissioned in 2018 as part of the new works initiative at Speakeasy Stage, and my third, Fast Young Beautiful, will premiere at Northern Kentucky University in 2019. I’ve also had short plays published at Furious Gazelle and in the Stage It! 10-minute play anthology.

For another, I’m a graduate of the MFA program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, with short fiction published at New Limestone Review and New Plains Review, and poetry published in The Raw Art Review.

And, of course, I’m a resident of the south shore of Boston, where I live with my wife, Caitlin, and our children, Nora and Liam.

So to simplify things, I usually go with “I’m a multi-hyphenate writer.”

You can follow me on Twitter @ethanrawarren.