Salem Collo-Julin

Writer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Salem Collo-Julin

Writer in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Hello big time recruiters and people who like corporate language: I use my writing, artistic, analytical, and social skills to guide me through many collaborations and projects.

Hello people looking for a good time: I'm a funny lady. See also my childhood (chubby with big glasses and weird name; not a blonde in a mayonnaise & white bread loving world). In other words, I was born to make you laugh.

Give me a stage and I'll fill it with love. Then I'll sweep up, because I'm a middle-aged lady of color. I'm happy to get OSHA certified in using the industrial floor cleaner too. Those sanitation jobs sometimes come with a pension, and I'm all over that.

From January 2001 - June 2014, I was a member of Temporary Services, a group that publishes, creates, organizes, and collaborates. We also founded Half Letter Press, a publishing imprint and retail/wholesale webstore that my former collaborators continue to run.

My current day and sometimes night job is working in Philadelphia as an Emergency Dispatcher for the Southeast Pennsylvania branch of a national NPO. My job involves talking to people in and out of crisis, sending information all over the country, and making precise communication happen in a matter of minutes.

In the past, I've written text for a bunch of different projects and publications, performed in venues, made installations, organized paperwork, wrangled people, served drinks, taken care of pets, proofread, edited, designed, and talked it out.

I love my "day job" and love my creative life too. Want to collaborate? Want a performer for your event, an actor for your short, a voiceover artist, a comedian for your stage? Shoot me a message and let's connect. I'm available for excellence and enjoy beverages.

Photo taken by Paul Gargagliano of Hazel Photo at the Organize Your Own opening event at Kelly Writers House on the UPenn campus.