Paul has worked as a teacher and tutor, a butler and bartender, a driver and dog trainer, an EMT and an amanuensis. He was a dockworker too, in his college years, and then a dishwasher for a bit (alongside Vin Diesel), but the hardest–and best–work was the teaching. Paul started working with at-risk, incarcerated and special needs teens in 1989, with a concentration in conflict resolution workshops aimed at stemming the spread of violence, substance abuse and HIV/AIDS among young adults. (Check out the Creative Arts Team, the amazing organization that made those workshops happen, and continues to this day to work wonders with kids throughout NYC.) These days Paul works with awesome organizations like Behind The Book and Literacy for Incarcerated Teens, and his workshops focus on helping young men and women tell their life stories as they reach out to counselors, judges, admissions officers and potential employers. Twenty years to the day after Paul graduated Dartmouth, Penguin/Dial released his “first” novel Ten Mile River and then The Orange Houses a year later, then Stay With Me in 2011 and Burning Blue in 2012. Paul lives in NYC with several dogs and one wife, documentary moviemaker Risa Morimoto.

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