Alexus Erin, once described as a “Manic Pixie Black Girl”, originally hails from Princeton, New Jersey and is currently living in Scotland. Her written work specializes in the theoretical frameworks of embodiment, as well as feminist, gender, critical race and environmental justice studies. Erin’s first novel was published in 2009. Her poetry has previously appeared in Potluck Magazine, the Melanin Collective, The Nervous Breakdown, The Audacity (, the American Society of Young Poets, and a host of others. More recently, Erin completed her first chapbook, Descant, which is set to be released by Saucepot Publishing. American Lotus Project, which won an award at Temple University’s Diamond Film Festival, is her first screenplay.

Tiffany Patterson is a loser-dreamer hailing from the slums of Trenton, New Jersey, destined to be a hero but barely conquering the saga of her early twenties. She played Division 1 basketball for two years at Long Island University (Brooklyn Campus) before transferring to Temple University for her final two years of college, where she is pursuing a degree in Film and Media Arts. She graduated in May 2015. She has written several short scripts during her college years and is actively working on three feature scripts including American Lotus Project. She recently received the Ben Lazaroff Award for excellence in screenwriting from Temple University’s film department. After completing a semester of Temple’s study away program in Los Angeles, where she worked two development internships at Di Novi Pictures and Rubicon Entertainment, she decided to dedicate herself to fully developing American Lotus Project as an independent film.