About The Authors

About Alan Lawrence Sitmor
      Alan Lawrence Sitomer was named California’s 2007 Teacher of the Year. He is also the critically acclaimed author of numerous books which engage young adult readers.

      In 2004, Mr. Sitomer received the prestigious award for Classroom Excellence from the Southern California Teachers of English and in 2003 he was honored as Teacher of the Year by California Literacy. As an educator, Mr. Alan (as his students like to call him) works as an inner-city high school English teacher in Los Angeles as well as a professor in the Graduate School of Education at Loyola Marymount University. His young adult novels include The Hoopster, Hip-Hop High School and Homeboyz, an urban trilogy published by Disney. Mr. Sitomer is also the author of Hip-Hop Poetry and The Classics, a text used in classrooms across the United States to engage disengaged students.

      Alan is also a nationally renowned speaker specializing in engaging reluctant readers and writers who appears frequently across the country. Currently, Mr. Sitomer lives in Los Angeles with his wife, Tracey, his daughter, Sienna, and his dog, Paris.


About Michael Cirelli

       Michael Cirelli is a poet and educator from Providence, Rhode Island.  He has been an Individual Finalist at The National Poetry Slam and was the only person to make all three Bay Area slam teams in the same year, winning the finals in both San Francisco and Berkeley.  He was a two-time member of both the Oakland Slam Team and the Long Beach Slam Team, as well as the Individual Grand Slam Champion of NYC Union Square. He has performed his work all over the United States and Canada and has taught writing workshops up and down the West Coast and in NYC. While in Los Angeles, he was the director of PEN Center West's Poet In The Classroom program.  He is currently the Associate Programs Coordinator for Urban Word NYC through the Teachers and Writers Collaborative and has an MFA from The New School University.  He has been published in numerous journals and anthologies and has self-published seven chapbooks.  He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY.


About Taaron Siverstein, Our Off the Hook Cover Artist

           Taaron Silverstein is delighted to have gotten the opportunity to design the cover for this book! She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio where, at age four, her love of hip-hop was born when her dad brought home the 12” of Rapper’s Delight. Many years - and rap tapes later - she received a BFA with a degree in Graphic Design from Miami University. She now works at Midway Games in Chicago as video game artist. She is also an accomplished painter. As you can see, Taaron has mad skillz.