Phill Branch is a writer, filmmaker and educator. He is currently shooting Searching for Shaniqua, his documentary about the impact names have on our lives. Phill was a 2013 Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging Writers Fellow. Phill is a Lecturer in the English Department at Howard University and is a Teaching Artist at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in Washington D.C. Prior to Howard, Phill served as an Assistant Professor of English at his undergraduate alma mater, Hampton University. While there he helped establish a Film Studies track that began enrolling students three years ago. A graduate of the American Film Institute, Phill is a former National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE) Diversity Producing Fellow and in 2007, he was awarded a Screenwriting Fellowship from the National Association for Multi-Ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). Phill has also served as a board member and president of the Los Angeles chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists.

Phill created and hosted the live storytelling showcase, “dear diary…tales of love, life, pain & stupidity” at Los Angeles’ Comedy Union and Wordspace in Los Feliz. The show ran for two years. Most recently Phill has performed on the SpeakeasyDC stage. He was selected to perform in the SpeakeasyDC Top Shelf show at the Lincoln Theater.

A native of Newark, NJ, Phill currently lives in Baltimore. When not physically writing, Phill is still writing in his mind and prefers to be left alone to do his work.