Charley Arrigo

I grew up just West of Eden


Home was a little grape farm 25 miles outside Buffalo, NY.


Growing up, math and science were a bust. But a few of my teachers told me that I could write.


I didn’t listen much, but I listened then.


I hobbled through school. But was able to find a home at a local university.


A department devoted entirely to newspaper writing – “journalism” as they called it – welcomed me with open arms.


At last, a writing degree was within my grasps.


I wrote for the school paper, took a public speaking class, and even joined the swim team.


Then I graduated.


Now… “look mom” – is what I say – “you have raised a real, professional writer.”


“Thank you.”

My journey has been fortunate enough to cross paths with organizations such as:


We Make Change

Careers In Nonprofits

How to Change the World (The University of College at London)

Freddie Mac

U.S. Vote Foundation

Dallas Pets Alive

story time.




“Jack, a sullen dropout from upper class America, travels home with his young girlfriend, Nina, to see his estranged father after a long absence.”

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- Egress (2019) – IMDb

2019 Emerge Film Festival Finalist



Filming Egress: Knox Farm State Park