My name is Marshall “Gripp” Gillson and glassEyeballs is my company.

Marshall standing solemn for a profile picture. Then adjusting his glasses.

I started it several years ago as an umbrella over my art career. My art explores race, mental health, loneliness, existential dread, and sometimes robots. It is often also explicitly opinionated and political.

If you’re on this page, I assume it’s because you’re looking for information about me and my artistic endeavors. So let me give you some.

Film

A short screenplay I wrote, called Shyla, was selected as the Grand Jury Prize winner of the Bolt by Barnstorm short screenplay competition and filmed in 2018. The film was selected by the 2019 Roxbury International Film Festival, where I received the Kay Bourne Emerging Filmmaker award. Another script I wrote called Handstyle was a semi-finalist in the Hollywood Just4Shorts Film and Screenplay Competition in 2017. I have also recorded a few performances for student films and one web series.

Poetry

Between 2008 and 2017, I was an active slam poet. I joined nine teams in five cities (Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Providence, Cambridge, Boston) in competing at the National Poetry Slam (NPS). I performed on final stage at the event in 2016 and 2017 as a member of the House Slam team. I was a member of the winning team at the Vox Pop poetry slam tournament both of those years as well. In 2014, I placed 15th at the Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS) representing Providence. You can find videos of my performances on YouTube. I have headlined poetry shows and won competitions in cities across North America (Atlanta, Boston, Seattle, New York, Providence, Vancouver). In addition to performance poetry, I self-published five chapbooks in print and one digitally. My written work has also been featured in a number of journals and anthologies.

Theater

In 2019, I was awarded grants from the Somerville Arts Council and the Boston Foundation to stage a couple of shows. The first was Alone Together, a closet screenplay addressing race and mental health, which premiered July 7 with a table read and moderated discussion. The second, an Afro-futurist and -surrealist theater piece called SPIRIT, written with Porsha Olayiwola, premiered in October with a three show run. In 2017, I originated the role of Nathaniel Greene in A Furtive Movement: The Use of Farce at the AS220 black box theater.

Music

I perform as a rapper under the moniker Gripp. I ended a long hiatus from music projects with the 2019 release of my mixtape flexn. You can get the link to it for free if you sign up for my mailing list. Otherwise, excerpts are on my SoundCloud page. From 2001 to 2016, I released five albums (Ansible, Head in the Cloud, Grass Nap, As Knowledge Kills Beauty, Mind Over Matter), three mixtapes (mixtape #3, Doing the Most, No More Excuses), two EPs (Gripp Makes… Bad Decisions, Aquarium), and two compilation albums (The Unarmed Truth, The Tape). I’ve also featured on a lot songs for a lot of other rappers. I won the February 2016 Rap Slam at AS220 in Providence as well as the MFA Boston Late Nite Rap Slam in October 2017. In April 2012, I was interviewed on The Skeptic’s Guide to the Universe regarding atheist/secular humanist activism in my music.

Contact

The easiest way to contact me about my art—including press inquiries, booking requests, and general questions—is by sending an e-mail to marshall@glassEyeballs.com. If you just want general updates on what I’m doing artistically, you should sign up for my mailing list. You can also find me on some social media. I’m currently using TwitterInstagram, YouTube, and SoundCloud. Note that my social media profile fluctuates. I disable and re-enable platforms frequently. I’ll try to keep this list up to date.

Hope you found what you were looking for here. And I hope you’re having positive experiences with my art. Thanks for stopping by.

– Marshall

Last updated 2019.10.12.