The official short bio:
G. Neri is the Coretta Scott King honor-winning author of Yummy: the Last Days of a Southside Shorty and the recipient of the Lee Bennett Hopkins Promising Poet Award for his free verse novella, Chess Rumble. His novels include Surf Mules and the Horace Mann Upstander Award-winning Ghetto Cowboy. His work has been honored by the Museum of Tolerance and the Simon Wiesenthal Center, Antioch University, the International Reading Association, the American Library Association, the Junior Library Guild and the National Council for Teachers of English. Neri has been a filmmaker, animator, teacher and digital media producer. He currently writes full-time and lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida with his wife and daughter.
Me just talking:
am a storyteller,
filmmaker, artist, and digital media producer. When I was in college, I
made an animated film with jazz legend Chick Corea called
I've taught animation and storytelling to inner city teens in Los Angeles with the ground-breaking group Animaction, producing over 300 films dealing with issues like teen violence, gangs, and drugs. I also co-directed the documentary Fa’a Samoa which followed a 15-year-old Samoan gangbanger through the mean streets of Los Angeles.
From 1993-2003, I helped pioneer the internet business, as head of production in two successful new media companies whose clients ranged from Disney, Mercedes, and Motorola to Microsoft, Reebok, and General Motors. In this time, I was also one of the founding members of the Truth teen anti-smoking campaign.
In 1999, I started writing and illustrating for kids, but it wasn't until I started writing for teens around 2004 that things started to happen. Now, I have my first three teen books out, a new agent, and a long list of projects to create. I couldn't ask for more.
I was also a member of the Class of 2K7, a debut authors group that included the likes of Rebecca Stead, Jay Asher, Melissa Marr, Carrie Jones, Sara Zarr, Cassandra Clare, Ann Dee Ellis, Jo Knowles, Eric Luper, Elizabeth Scott, Sundee Frazier, Julie Bowe, and way too many others to recount, all newbies with their first books coming out in 2007. How far we've come. Now that's class!
Some people are curious
about my ethnic background. Well, i'm Mexican, Filipino
Creole (French, African, Spanish, Native American) or as we say Crefilican-American
accurately Nafranishafripinocan (go
Actually, I feel I am a great example of globalization. The Mexican
side covers the Hispanic countries, Filipino represents Asia, Creole
covers Europe, Africa and North America. My daughter is half
gonna have to figure that out on her own.
G. Neri is represented by
Edward Necarsulmer IV at
Dunow, Carlson & Lerner
My Illustration site