Charles Degelman is a writer, editor, and educator living in Los Angeles.
Gates of Eden, a '60s novel of resistance, rebellion, and love, garnered a silver medal from the 2012 Independent Publishers Book Awards. Published by Harvard Square Editions, 2012.
A Bowl Full of Nails, set in the counterculture of the 1970s, collected a Bronze Medal from the 2015 Independent Publishers Book Awards and was a finalist in the Bellwether Competition, sponsored by Barbara Kingsolver. Published by Harvard Square Editions, 2015.
Impressions of two trips to Cuba have been published in Cuba by Travelers Tales. Excerpts from his anthology, American Postcards, narrative snapshots of growing up absurd in the 1950s appear in Above Ground, an anthology of international fiction.
In 2010, Degelman edited A Voice From the Planet, a globe-trotting anthology of short fiction, published by Harvard Square Editions.
His first screenplay, "Fifty-Second Street," garnered an award from the Diane Thomas Competition, sponsored by Amblin Entertainment and the UCLA Writers Program. "No Deposit, No Return," a reinhabitory thriller, is wandering the labyrinths of Hollywood.
His latest screenplay, "The Red Car," was a finalist in the American Zoetrope competition, sponsored by Francis Ford Coppola.
He currently teaches writing and media studies at California State University, Los Angeles.
Facts of Life...
After graduating Harvard, Degelman left academia to become an antiwar activist, political theater artist, musician, communard, carpenter, hard-rock miner, and itinerant gypsy trucker.
When the dust settled, Degelman returned to his first love, writing. In the 1990s he was swept up by the film world and the burgeoning digital industry where he wrote and produced documentary and educational films for TNT, Churchill Films, Pyramid Films, Philips Interactive Media, and others. Titles include a feature-length biography of filmmaker John Huston for TNT and an award-winning biography of Mozart for Philips Interactive.
A longtime theater artist, Degelman co-founded Indecent Exposure, a Los Angeles-based theater company dedicated to creating original, high-quality, socially relevant work for the stage.
He polished his craft as writer and editor on staff at Constitutional Rights Foundation, a civic-education organization, while he produced original work for the stage and wrote fiction, screenplays, and political commentary.