Rob Rufus

Rob Rufus is an award-winning author, screenwriter, musician, and activist. His literary career began when his coming-of-age memoir, Die Young With Me, was released to critical acclaim. It was listed as one of Hudson Booksellers “Best Books of 2016” and won the American Library Association’s prestigious ALEX Award. Rob then released two works of fiction, The Vinyl Underground, which was a Junior Library Guild Gold Standard Selection, and Paradise, WV, which won a gold medal at The IPPY Awards and was subsequently picked up as a series by Paramount Pictures.

Rob created an original TV series called The Obituaries. It is now in development with Ley Line Entertainment (producers of Everything, Everywhere, All at Once). His adapted screenplay for Die Young With Me was a finalist for the Academy of Motion Pictures coveted Nicholl Fellowship and is currently in development; as is a musical adaptation for the stage.

Rob is a professional musician who has toured the world many times over. He is a founding member of the seminal early-2000s punk band Blacklist Royals. His new band, Nubs & Her Studs, is the world’s first “disability-visibility” band. Their debut LP, Unarmed & Dangerous, is slated for release in the first quarter of 2024 on mammoth indie label Fat Wreck Chords.

Rob is an advocate for causes concerning cancer, disability, and the opioid epidemic. He is an ambassador for Teen Cancer America and a member of The Inevitable Foundation for Disabled Screenwriters. He works closely with Make-a-Wish and the Invisible Disabilities Association.

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