Alphonso Morgan is an author, producer, and entertainment attorney originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received his B.A. from Howard University and his Law Degree from Georgetown University Law Center. He began his career in the entertainment industry while still in law school, managing a Washington, DC rap group called Freestyle Union.
At 24, Morgan graduated from law school and moved to Atlanta, Georgia where he started a production company called Geneva Films with acclaimed music video director (now movie director) Bille Woodruff. At Geneva Films, Morgan acted as executive producer for dozens of music videos featuring artists such as Missy Elliot, Usher, Aaliyah, Toni Braxton, Timbaland and many others, and eventually relocated with the company to Los Angeles.
While in L.A. Morgan started a second company called Clockwork Management and briefly managed members of the rap group, "Black Caesar," who were subsequently signed with Tommy Boy Records. Eventually Morgan left Hollywood and the music business, and relocated to New York City to pursue a career as a novelist.
His first novel, Sons, was released in 2005 to critical acclaim -- being nominated for two Lambda Literary Awards among others. Morgan toured with the book for almost a year, visiting over twenty cities, speaking at several Universities, and dozens of Pride events.
That year he became involved with the Human Rights Campaign, and devoted much of his time to the organization's HBCU program, which supported LGBT students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities in organizing Gay Student Associations and Gay-Straight Alliances on their campuses.
Between the writing and release of Sons, Morgan travelled extensively, particularly in Latin America, visiting nearly twenty countries, and living for a year in Havana Cuba. In Cuba, he began production on a documentary film with director and then Harvard Film Fellow, Noelle Stout.
Focusing on the lives of sex-workers in Havana's gay underground, Luchando, was completed in 2007 and has been featured in over a dozen film festivals, including San Francisco's IndieFest, the New York International Latino Film Festival (HBO Latino), and the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
In 2009 Morgan returned to Minnesota, where he designed and taught a summer writing workshop for LGBT youth, hosted by St. Paul's Quatrefoil Library, Minnesota's only LGBT lending library. He is currently in New York preparing for the publication of his next novel, Americano.