Paul Volponi

Paul Volponi is a writer, journalist, and teacher living in New York City. From 1992 to 1998, he taught incarcerated adolescents on Rikers Island to read and write, forming the basis of his first young adult novel, Black and White, winner of the 2006 IRA Young Adult Book Award, an ALA Best Book Young Adult, and Quick Pick Award winner. His other young adult novels include, Rooftop (also a BBYA and Quick Pick winner), and Rucker Park Setup. Mr. Volponi holds an MA in American Literature from the City College of New York and a BA in English from Baruch.   You can visit him online at

Books by this Author

The Hand You're Dealt

My Life in 8 Words

Author Revealed

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. You're the sum total of your parts

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Bull Fighter- with straws instead of daggers.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. A picnic in the park with no ants. But I'm on the subway too much to picnic.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. The last guy in the picture.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Death Vader and his breathing.