Noel Alumit was born in Baguio City, The Philippines, then raised in Historic Filipinotown, Los Angeles. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama from the University of Southern California, studied playwriting at the David Henry Hwang Writers Institute at East West Players. He received an Emerging Voices Fellowship from PEN Center USA West and a Community Access Scholarship to UCLA’s Writers Extension, studying fiction and the personal essay form.
For his first novel Letters to Montgomery Clift, Noel Alumit received many awards including the Stonewall Book Award (American Library Association), Violet Quill Award (Insight Out Books), the Global Filipino Literary Award (Our Own Voice), and the Gold Seal (ForeWord Magazine). He was nominated for others including the PEN Center USA West Literary award, the Lambda Literary Award, and the Asian American Literary Award.
His second novel Talking to the Moon received kind support from literary figures like James Ellroy (LA Confidential, the Black Dahlia) and Susan Straight (National Book Award Nominee). Noel Alumit and his novel was chosen as “LA Weekly’s Pick of the Week.” Talking to the Moon went on to become a Los Angeles Times Bestseller.
His play Mr. and Mrs. La Questa Go Dancing was produced by Teatro Ng Tanan in San Francisco and he has had other plays read at East West Players in Los Angeles and the Ma Yi Theatre Company in New York.
His one-man show The Rice Room: Scenes from a Bar received critical praise and played to sold-out houses in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Boston, and Philadelphia. The San Francisco Bay Guardian named The Rice Room one of the best solo productions of the year.
He premiered his last solo show Master of the (miss) Universe at Highways Performance Art Space in Santa Monica California. Master of the (miss) Universe was named “Best Bet” by the Los Angeles Times and received an “Honorable Mention” for playwriting from Backstage West.
His work has been published in Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing (New Rivers Press), the Lambda Literary Award nominated Take Out, Queer Writing from Asian Pacific America (Asian American Writers Workshop/Temple University), DisOrient and the Asian Pacific American Journal. His writing has also been in USA Today, The Advocate, Frontiers Magazine, Filipinas, IN Los Angeles, and Noodle.
For the past ten years, Noel has served as host for many of the literary events at Skylight Books in Los Angeles.
Noel is most proud of his work in HIV/AIDS. He has been involved in the AIDS field for over twenty years, most of them with the Asian Pacific AIDS Intervention Team. He wrote a quarterly column for Arts and Understanding, America’s AIDS Magazine, profiling long time AIDS advocates.
Noel serves as a California Commissioner on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, making recommendations to the Governor and Legislature about this community; sits on the Advisory Board for the UCLA Art/Global Health Center; provides feedback as a Community Advisory Boardmember for the Childrens Hospital Healthy Young Mens Study; is an active member of the steering committee for API Equality-LA.
For his efforts in art and activism, Noel Alumit was listed as one of Out magazine’s “Out 100 for 2002” and named one of Genre Magazine’s “Men We Love.” Recently, he was honored with the James Duggins Award, a prize that recognizes talented mid-career gay writers.
In 2012, Noel started work toward his Masters in Divinity in Buddhist Chaplaincy at the University of the West.