Brendan Whitt is a self-published author, screenwriter and independent filmmaker from Cleveland, Ohio currently based in Los Angeles. He earned his B.A. in Journalism and Promotional Communication in 2014 and his M.A. in English in 2019, both from Cleveland State. He first discovered his love of writing at the age of 13 when he took home first prize at the 2005 "Power of the Pen" competition for his district.
Through his content creation company OPAL, named after his late grandmother Opal Beatrice Whitt, Brendan has published two novellas (A Summer in Harlem, Camp '67) two short collections of poetry (If I Wrote A Hip-Hop Album, When the Crows Come Home) as well as an one act play (...A-Minor). He had also written several features appearing in Cleveland publications the Call & Post and Volume Magazine Cleveland. Under OPAL he has also produced a no budget Indie film (You Gotta Stay Woke, 2018), short form documentary (Under the Tent, 2018) and a taped staged reading of selections from his title A Summer In Harlem (A Trip Up North 2017).
Brendan's influences include authors Langston Hughes, F. Scott Fitzgerald, film makers Spike Lee and Ava DuVernay and hip-hop artist Kanye West.
You can follow Brendan on Instagram (@sneakersmcgee), Facebook (Brendan the Writer) and on Twitter (@BrendanWhitt).
"Keep chippin away at that marble block until it becomes a statue..." - Young Langston