Cryptomeria follows second generation Japanese American, Joann Phillips, as she investigates a series of crimes linked to an unidentified gang in Little Tokyo, LA. Jo tries to prove her worth as newly promoted detective at the station, but haunting visions and her grandmother’s traditions keep holding her back. The deeper Jo gets in her investigation, the more she finds out about her own past, the mother who left her twenty years ago, and how she can gut the underbelly of a suspected human trafficking ring.

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  • Scriptapalooza's Television Writing Contest

    February 18, 2016
    First Place for Pilot Script "Jackpot"
Writer Biography

Originally from Toledo, Ohio I currently live in Raleigh, North Carolina. I received my Master’s Degree in Literature from the University of Toledo in 2016. During my time there and when not teaching or studying literature, I wrote a pilot script titled “Jackpot” which placed first in Scriptapalooza’s Television Writing Contest in 2016. In 2015 I presented my paper titled “A Family-Friendly Camelot: The Transformation of Arthurian Literature and Lore into the BBC’s Merlin,” at the Ray Browne Conference on Cultural and Critical Studies, which focused on genre, adaptation, and the role of women in the lore, literature, and series. My other work has appeared in The Great Lakes Book Project, SNReview, and The Penny Engine. I’ve also written for Toledo Free Press.

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