Born and raised in New York City, author and political pundit, Joseph Sciuto spent his early years listening to the vivid stories told by his grandmother, a second generation Italian-American.
He vividly remembers listening to the great stories about his grandparents, her eighteen children, and how his grandfather and uncles were responsible for building much of the impressive Manhattan skyline, including the Empire State Building. Ever since his earliest days, Joseph loved storytelling.
Sciuto spent his summers playing basketball with teams made up of the melting pot that is "The Big Apple". Joseph collected stories from his friends, an African-American NYPD detective, various Latino shooting stars from the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico and Cuba, Irish-American beat cops and other Italian-Americans.
The rich flavor of their stories about family and heritage works its way through Sciuto's writing to this day.
Sciuto holds a degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in Manhattan, State University of New York at Stony Brook on Long Island and certification in Film Studies from New York University. He studied psychology, film, theater, literature and English as an undergrad, and film and history as a grad student.
Joseph could not escape the allure of storytelling and began studying to become a novelist. To this day, he starts out every morning reading for an hour.
From classical literature to contemporary novels, Joseph's pursuit of storytelling was a passion. He received a scholarship to Loyola Marymount University to study writing and film, which caused this die-hard New Yorker to relocate to sunny Southern California.
“Save me,” she cried
“I will,” I replied
But you know you can’t hide
From the child that’s inside
When I see her future
Through an adult’s eyes
It will be hell
I now realize
“You promised to help me,”
The little girl cried
“I didn’t know how”
And she knew I had lied
“You failed me,,” she whimpered
Her spirit had died
She’d never be able
To escape the burden inside
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