P.C. Verrone

Lance Cleland

P.C. Verrone is a writer of page and stage from Los Angeles. His fiction has appeared in FIYAH Magazine, Bridport Prize Anthology, and Elemental Forces New Horror Anthology (forthcoming from Flame Tree Press). His unpublished novel The Nightlife won the inaugural Black Creatives Workshop (We Need Diverse Books/Penguin Random House). His theatrical work has been featured on Off-Broadway and regional stages, and his play Crocodile Day was published by Playscripts in 2023. He holds a B.A. from Harvard University and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Rutgers University-Newark.

Project Description: P.C. will be working on his novel Tar-Baby, a contemporary reimagining of the Br’er Rabbit folktale in which the mysterious appearance of a young Black woman becomes the centerpiece of a political battle for the “soul” of a gentrified Midwestern neighborhood. The story interweaves African American folkloric traditions, Black post-humanist philosophy, and his own family history to create a spooky and speculative tale that tackles issues of community displacement, generational trauma within Black communities, and self-definition in a society that antagonizes Otherness.