Lily Gene Roy Shirley

Generoso and Lily at WMBR in 2012

Generoso and Lily both love early Jamaican music and met at WMBR Radio, 88.1FM in 2010. At the time, Lily was producing the show Paradox Box and Generoso his Bovine Ska and Rocksteady but in 2011 they began co-hosting Generoso and Lily’s Bovine Ska and Rocksteady, a show that specializes in Jamaican music from 1955 to 1975 which started at WMBR in 1996. Here is an article written on May 3, 2015 by  Bostonska.net which chronicled our last show on WMBR after our nineteen year run at the station: https://www.bostonska.net/news/generosos-bovine-ska-and-rocksteady-radio-show-airs-last-episode/3488/

Originally trained as a cognitive scientist at MIT, Lily spends her days finding meaning in data and her nights writing short stories and comics. Her work has appeared in X-R-A-YLumina Journal and diaCRITICS, the online publication of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network. Her research has been published in journals and conference proceedings related to artificial intelligence, biocomputing, and computational cognitive science. She is interested in the tensions between individual perception and memory with external realities in our science and technology driven era.

Generoso has directed three documentary features and is a veteran film programmer.  In 2013, he received a commendation from The Boston Society of Film Critics for his dozen years of programming “The Complete Works Series” at MIT: A series that showcased the work of a current but overlooked foreign film directors. Generoso and Lily were co-curators of the European Short Film Festival in Cambridge from 2006 to 2014, and since 2016, they have both contributed film reviews and conducted director interviews for Ink19.com

Since 2018, they have been making comics.  And in 2022, the published their first comic together, Vessel, which is being distributed through Domino Books. Vessel is about a Vietnamese-American woman named Kim living in 2062. As she undergoes the second phase of a cardiovascular study, her memories, body signals, and dreams converge.

You can follow their comics creation adventures and experiments on Instagram @plasticgrapes.


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