Screenwriter. Playwright. Poetess. Novelist. Journalist. Whatever the form of the word, Monice can write it.
An expert wordsmith, Monice Mitchell Simms is a sociolinguist storyteller and authorpreneur that slays words across the multiple platforms of social/media, publishing and film.
As an award-winning poet and playwright, Monice penned “Stop the Great War,” which was recognized as a Lorraine’s Hansberry finalist in the American College Theatre Festival and produced as a film for public television.
As a journalist, she has reported for numerous magazines and newspapers, including Newsweek Magazine, The Directors Guild of America magazine and the Detroit Free Press.
As an award-winning screenwriter and filmmaker, Monice wrote, produced and directed the films, “Carmin’s Choice” and “Rain” for Showtime. She has also helmed multiple projects, including “Breaking the Silence,” a Verizon/Los Angeles Urban League sponsored PSA on teen dating abuse and the documentary, “Keeping the Faith” on the career of broadcaster, Tavis Smiley.
As a published author, Monice penned the novel, “Address: House of Corrections,” the first in a fictionalized trilogy exploring the lives of her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and the children’s book, “Nana’s Fridge.”
And as a teacher, she has taught creative writing to girls in prison as a Write Girl mentor, coached independent authors and partnered with organizations such as United Way and the Los Angeles Urban League to provide internship opportunities on her film productions.
Constantly creating, Monice holds a BA in journalism from Wayne State University, a MFA in from Columbia College Chicago and is currently pursuing a Doctorate degree in SocioLinguistics.
She is happily married and lives in California with her husband, Ryeal.