Born, raised and educated in Brooklyn, New York, Jack Bilello, a former Fulbright Scholar and member of Phi Beta Kappa and Kappa Delta Pi (the National Education Honor Society) lives on Long Island with his family. A former Chairperson of History at Lindenhurst, NY public schools, he is currently a field supervisor at Dowling College, Oakdale, Long Island.
Although a devastating shoulder injury as a teenager destroyed his boyhood dream of becoming a major league pitcher, he has avidly pursued those two imposters, victory and defeat, in golf, tennis, jogging, swimming and other sports arenas. In addition to his current novel, I Still Love Joni James: A Boy Grows in Brooklyn, Bilello has published two previous novels: Bonds of War, a WW II-Vietnam historical fiction was privileged to have its dedication page chosen by the State of Florida`s Veterans Association to honor the American fallen. American Patrol, currently in its second printing, is a suspense action thriller and was a publisher`s nomination for the National Book Award. Both novels are being considered for major motion pictures Three short stories, A Last Chance to be a Boy Again, A Piece of the Heart and Brother`s Keeper are slated for future publication.
Mr. Bilello has appeared as a guest speaker at a variety of conferences, author`s luncheons and panel discussions including the Donnell Library Center in New York City, the New York State Library Conference in Saratoga, New York, the Grout Museum in Waterloo, Iowa, the Long Island Writers Guild, and the Brandeis University Women`s Club.
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