24 Oct Noel Alumit ’97
Noel Alumit is a rarity: an actor with several film, television and stage credits and an acclaimed novelist. His debut novel, Letters to Montgomery Clift, received many awards, including the Stonewall Book Award, the Violet Quill Award and the Global Filipino Literary Award. His second novel, Talking to the Moon, was a Los Angeles Times bestseller.
Growing up in the Los Angeles district Historic Filipinotown, Alumit became interested in attending USC while appearing in a play with alums of the university’s drama program. After graduating from the USC School of Dramatic Arts, he appeared in such television programs as Beverly Hills 90210 and The Young and the Restless, as well as the premiere of Chay Yew’s play A Language of Their Own. In addition, Alumit has written and performed two one-man shows: The Rice Room: Scenes from the Bar and Master of the (Miss) Universe.
The recipient of a PEN Center USA West Emerging Voices Fellowship, Alumit has also published work in Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing and the Lambda Literary Award- nominated Take Out, Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America.
In 2002, OUT Magazine named Alumit one of its “Out 100.” He recently received the James Duggins Award, a prize that recognizes talented mid-career gay writers.