Both born in 1989, the 89 Writers duo - Lucien Christian Adderley and Richard ‘Byrd’ Wilson - spent the majority of their childhood years in South Florida. They both studied the arts at every age and attended magnet schools for theatre and music, Lucien in Miami/Dade County and Byrd in Broward County.
Their paths converged at Florida State University in 2008. During their time as students at FSU, they united with 4 other poets and performers to form the Spoken Word Performing Arts group known as Team A.D.H.D. As a team, they have traveled to college campuses and venues throughout the U.S. performing their unique brand of entertainment that incorporates poetry, music, and comedy. In 2015, as a part of the Dada Slam Team they both represented South Florida in the National Poetry Slam, finishing 6th in the nation.
After graduating from FSU with a BFA in Acting and Theatre Studies, Lucien went on to receive his MFA in Screenwriting while Byrd became a Teaching Artist with the Jason Taylor Foundation. Even after taking different paths, the duo had a hunger to work on creative projects as a team, leading them to form 89 Writers.
Together, the writers have experience in television drama, sketch comedy, web series, and playwriting. The team developed a perspective and style true to the young, educated and imaginative minorities they are. They have a desire to bring unique and untold stories to the page; both ratchet and righteous. Their favorite quote is “The goal isn’t to live forever but to create something that will.”
Most recently, Lucien and Byrd were staffed as writers on Academy Award winner Tarell McCraney’s new OWN Network series David Makes Man.