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. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. walking The edge between the sand and the ocean

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Bull Fighter- with straws instead of daggers.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. The Boxer, Tangled Up in Blue, Gentle On My Mind, Plane Wreck at Los Gatos, American Pie.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. soul-- in people and in music