Halle Sparrow Arbaugh
Halle Arbaugh is a writer based in Los Angeles. She holds a B.A. in English with an emphasis on Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, where she also studied screenwriting and film studies at the USC School of Cinematic Arts. She is working on an original TV series with Big Beach, as well as a novel and a work of creative non-fiction. Her short stories and poems have been published by and included in anthologies from Random House, Highlights Magazine, Figment, Her Daily, and others.
Writing awards and recognitions have included:
- Edward W. Moses Award for Creative Writing
- University of Southern California English Department awards for short fiction and poetry
- Figment Story-In-Verse contest (short-listed/finalist)
- Recipient of the Lankershim family scholarship (USC)
- Generation Next Creative Writing Award winner
- "Power of the Pen" fiction contest award winner
- Nominated to the Board of the USC Alumni Association - Young Alumni in 2019
Halle spent her early childhood in Ohio before moving to Normandy, France and then to New Orleans, Louisiana. While attending USC, Halle worked as a fashion model after she was scouted by a model manager, and she spent a few years working professionally in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, and other markets with several agencies and for clients including Barney's New York and Levi's Denim. Besides writing, Halle has undertaken political activism, including working as a community organizer for a political firm, EKA, during the 2018-2020 election cycles to advance progressive Democratic candidates. Politically active from a young age, she has volunteered and worked widely for progressive candidates, starting with Obama's 2008 campaign.
In her writing, she seeks to explore narratives through traditional and unconventional storytelling mediums, dealing with themes such as the psychological character of the modern American, the artist's place in society, romance as a fictional construct and more.