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 books have been translated into multiple languages in over 25 countries. They include the novels Tru & Nelle, A Christmas Tale, Ghetto Cowboy, Knockout Games, Surf Mules, and the free-verse picture book bios, Hello, I'm Johnny Cash and When Paul Met Artie. In 2017, he was awarded a National Science Foundation grant that sent him to Antarctica to research a new book.
Prior to becoming a writer, Neri was a filmmaker, an animator/illustrator, a digital media producer, and a founding member of The Truth anti-smoking campaign. Neri currently writes full-time and lives on the Gulf Coast of Florida with his wife and daughter.
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When we asked our authors what they were or might have been voted in HS, G. answered best artist.
Other Fun Facts
- I spent 2 months in Antarctica.
- I see alligators most every day in the swamps around my house.
- I was the shyest, quietest kid in high school, now I have no problems talking to giant crowds of people.
- My happy place is in the ocean.
- I have seen more movies than anyone I know.