His debut novel, BALL DON’T LIE, published by Delacorte in 2005, will soon be a major motion picture starring Ludacris, Nick Cannon, Emelie de Ravin, Grayson Boucher, and Rosanna Arquette (Night and Day Pictures). The book was also named an ALA-YALSA Best Book for Young Adults and an ALA-YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers.
This award winning author has written five novels, including MEXICAN WHITEBOY (2008), WE WERE HERE (2009), I WILL SAVE YOU (2010) and a picture book out earlier this year, JOE LOUIS: A NATION’S HOPE (illustrated by Kadir Nelson). Plus, he has published numerous short stories in various literary journals, including Pacific Review, The Vincent Brothers Review, Chiricú, George Mason Review, and Allegheny Literary Review.
When not writing, Matt teaches creative writing at New York University. Visit him at http://www.mattdelapena.com/.