R.J. Fox is the award-winning writer of several short stories, plays, poems, and fifteen feature length screenplays.
His first book Love & Vodka: My Surreal Adventures in Ukraine was published by Fish Out of Water Books.
Tales From the Dork Side, a bullying-themed essay collection, was published by Fifth Avenue Press.
Belt Publishing included his short story “Steve’s Place” in the Detroit Neighborhood Guidebook, edited by Aaron Foley.
R.J.’s debut novel, Awaiting Identification, was published by Fish Out of Water Books in 2018.
Both Love & Vodka and Awaiting Identification were originally optioned screenplays that were then turned into books. R.J. is hoping to come full circle on his dream and see both of these projects on the big screen in the very near future!
His work has been published in numerous journals and magazines, including:
The Naked Feather, The Medulla Review, Lap Top Lit Mag, The Path, Contemporary Literary Review India, Yareah Magazine, One Title Magazine, The Knotted Beard Review, Bareback, The Zodiac Review, Fortunates, Randomly Accessed Poetics, Wordsmiths, Toska, Enhance, Common Line Journal, Cold Noon, Miracle e-Zine, Shadows Express, The Rusty Nail, Airplane Reading, Untapped Cities, The Lyceum, L’Allure des Mots, Awesome Online, Hackwriters, Litlover, Vine Leaves, Death Throes, Writer’s World Journal, Tenement Block Review, Unchartered Frontier, Wordsmiths Online, The Commonline Journal, The Bitchin’ Kitcsch, Wordplay, Five 2 One, The Wordsmith Journal, Zest, The Literary Yard, Contraposition, The Weekender, Museum of Things I Want to Forget, Found Magazine, River Poems Journal, Gastronomica, TravelMag, inTravel Magazine, Crab Fat, Snapping wig, Crucible, Verse-Virtual, Five-to-One, Carbon Culture Review, Indiana Voice Journal, Slow Trains, El Portal, Pilcrow & Dagger, TWJ Magazine, Sempahore, Scarlet Leaf Review, Creativity WebZine, Badlands, The Paragon Journal, The Paradox, Blotter Magazine, We Said Go Travel, Mid-American Fiction, Exterminating Angel, Slag Review, Akashsic, Belt, Dearborn Times-Herald, and Detroit News.
He is also the writer/director/editor of several award-winning short films. His stage directing debut led to an Audience Choice Award at the Canton One-Acts Festival in Canton, MI. Fox graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English and a minor in Communications and received a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI.
In addition to moonlighting as a writer, independent filmmaker and saxophonist, Fox teaches English and video production in the Ann Arbor Public Schools, where he uses his own dreams of writing and filmmaking to inspire his students to follow their own dreams. He has also worked in public relations at Ford Motor Company and as a newspaper reporter. He resides in Ann Arbor, MI.
Follow R.J. on:
- Optioned 2 screenplays to Hollywood
- Author of three books (fiction and non-fiction)
- Writer of 15 feature-length screenplays in total
- Published in over 30 literary journals
- Finalist 2004 American Accolades (final 15 out of over 700), 2000 Hollywood Symposium
- Semi-finalist 2000, 2001, 2004 American Accolades
- Semi-Finalist 2007 Slamdance Screenwriting Competition (original pilot)
- Semi-Finalist 2007 Scriptapalooza (The Office)
- Quarter-finalist 2004 Scriptapalooza; 2001 ASA Screenwriting from the Soul Competition
- Quarter-Finalist 2009 Screenwriting Expo Screenplay Competition (best romance category)
- Quarter-Finalist 2011 Champion Screenwriting Competition
- Audience Choice Award Winner: Canton One-Acts Festival (2011)
- Steve’s Place (2009) Short Film (Official Selection Flint Film Festival)
- Nap Nyet (2006) Short film
- Wrap Party (2004) Short film
- The Wasted Drink (2003) Short film (Winner, Best Film—Rackham Film Showcase–University of Michigan, Official Selection Flint Film Festival)
- Clowny Day (2002) Short film
- Cork (2002) Short film
- Nostalgia on a Rickety Bench (2002) Short film (Official Selection—Ann Arbor Cinema Slam)
- Atkins and the Bum (2001) Short film (Official Selection—Ann Arbor Cinema Slam)
- The End (2000) 16mm Short film (Official Selection—Ann Arbor Cinema Slam)
- Jehovah’s Unwitnessed (1998) 16mm short film (Official Selection-East Lansing Film Festival; Ann Arbor Cinema Slam)
- After Hours. Writer (1999) 16mm short. (Selected for production by Detroit Film Center)
- Peerless Television (1995-1998) (U of M-Dearborn sketch comedy program)
- Recipient Louis Armstrong Jazz Award