A member of the WGAw since 1978, Garner Simmons received his B.A. from Colgate University (English/Fine Arts) before becoming what his father once called “the best educated bartender in Chicago.” Served in the U.S. Army National Guard during the riots of the late-‘60s (assassinations of King and Kennedy/1968 Democratic Convention). Took his M.A./Ph.D from Northwestern University’s School of Communication before moving to L.A. with his wife, Sheila (whose work in primary school gifted education far exceeds any accomplishment of his). A member of the Sisyphean School of screenwriting, he is a published author and internationally recognized authority on Sam Peckinpah (Peckinpah: A Portrait in Montage 1982/Revised Ed. 1998—still in print). A featured speaker at 2015 Locarno (Switzerland) International Film Festival’s Peckinpah Retrospective, he is also a member of the WGC, DGA and ATAS. He gratefully thanks the WGAW Diversity Department for this, his second such honor.

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