Leo T. Watts
Art and Change Grant
Neighborhood: Northeast Philadelphia
Change Partner: Lonnie Grant
Discipline: Literary Arts
Leo will write a fictional novel on Darius Donovan, a Black female to male transgender, who finds himself landing at Philadelphia's International Airport after recovering from chest reconstruction surgery in his hometown. Plagued with visions of his mother's gruesome death, we see the character embark on a journey of self-discovery, encountering obstacles in dating, employment and his overall adjustment as a Black man in a new city. Darius befriends a fellow transman while searching for closure to unanswered questions about the past his mother always kept from him. Though his search, Darius quickly realizes the cost of being out in a community which once embraced him.