Brendan Whitt is a freelance journalist, author, and aspiring screenwriter based in Cleveland, Ohio. He first discovered his love for writing at the age of 13 when he took home first prize at the 2005 "Power of the Pen" competition for his district.
His first novella A Summer In Harlem was inspired by film maker Ken Burn's documentary, 'Ken Burn's Jazz', as it looked into the environmental factors of a declining neighborhood and the effect it had on the youth who lived there during the end of the Harlem Renaissance.
Brendan has published two collections of poetry and several features appearing in Cleveland publications the Call & Post and Volume Magazine Cleveland. He also runs his own blog 'When Brendan Whitt Thinks...". In his spare time Brendan likes to work on his Screenwriting and plans to have a short film produced in the future.
Brendan's influences include authors Langston Hughes, Gil Scott-Herron, 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