Gilbert Girion
 
Gilbert Girion is primarily a playwright, though he has also written for film and has had short fiction published. Produced plays include Bridge Over Land, Faith’s Body, Floating With Jane, Broken English, Bad Country, Word Crimes (DramaLogue Award) The Last Word, Fizzle, Murder In Santa Cruz and Songs And Dances From Imaginary Lands (co-written). His plays Juice, Glue and Palm 90 (co-written) were produced at Bay Area Playwrights Festival, where he served as Playwright-In-Residence. He has been commissioned to write plays by Overtones Theatre, New Writers, Playwright’s Horizons and New York Shakespeare Festival (NYSF). Nominated by NYSF, he was the recipient of a Drama League Grant. He was also given a grant from Anna Sosenko Assist Trust. He wrote American Blue Note, a film directed by Ralph Toporoff and Let Go, a short film shown at Hampton’s Film Festival. He worked with Joseph Chaikin and Bill Hart at Atlantic Center For The Arts where they developed Bodies, a piece about disability. His short stories have been published in Word, Noir Mechanics, Urban Desires and Saturday Review. Currently, he teaches Screenwriting at School Of Visual Arts in New York City. Sound of a Train is his first novel.

Gilbert Girion’s novella SOUND OF A TRAIN follows Susan Walker, a woman on a reluctant journey toward what she senses is an impending loss, painfully aware of the isolation she sometimes feels in the midst of friends and family. In this haunting and often humorous story about the unspoken bonds between mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, even animals and humans, Susan begins to comprehend the invisible yet powerful ways in which we connect and watch over each other.



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Gilbert Girion is one of my favorite writers. I have admired his plays for over 30 years and I am thrilled at the publication of his first novel. Gilbert writes with a calm serenity and a magical mystery, presenting an unfolding of story and characters that takes its time, and is well worth the quiet, simmering read. Relax and enjoy, it's going to be a wonderful ride.
                                 -Kathy Baker, Actress

In Gilbert Girion's stark, incisive prose, the American West regains its essential mysteries: the vast spaces, the immense distances and silences, and the echoes of a menacing wilderness press themselves like the desert sun upon Girion's men and women, whose unspoken longings forever drive them away and toward each other. Sound of a Train is sharp as spurs, wise as whiskey, and plaintive as a cowboy ballad.
Ñ	Paul Hond, author of The Baker

A seemingly simple tale that has subtle complexities to savor as it goes down, like a good bourbon. Girion's luminous, time-suspending prose packs a hidden depth-charge intensity; the Beckett-gone-west sparseness of TRAIN's storytelling sneaks up on you, and the next thing you know you're in some trance-like state, between the stations, sleepwalking down the dream paths of Susan, or perhaps her dog.
    -- Billy Mernit, author of Imagine Me And You


Gilbert Girion is a gifted writer, one of our great playwrights, as gentle in his soul as he is nuanced in his keen observation of our humanness. His driving motivation is to celebrate the powerful experience of what it is to be alive. He is a treasured force amongst us, a beacon for that which so humbly connects us; our humanity, in all its richness, harmonies, contradictions, enigmas, clarities, all handled with the deft touch of the most seasoned of artists. SOUND OF A TRAIN is in this kind of tradition, a work that lingers in the spirit, like a good friend you can always count on.
    -David Turnley, Pulitzer Prize Winning Photographer, filmmaker

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