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Lou Duro, born in New York City, was destined to become a writer ever since receiving a toy printing press at the age of eight, which he used to write and publish the Bayside News, which he then hawked for five cents to surrounding neighbors.
Following high school he enlisted in the military, and began his writing career in earnest, completing courses from The Naval School of Journalism and writing for several armed forces publications.
After his discharge, he studied journalism and creative writing at New York University, while working as an editorial assistant for William Randolph Hearst’s flagship newspaper, The New York Journal American, learning his craft alongside such acclaimed journalists as Jimmy Breslin, Dorothy Kilgallen, and noted sports writer and broadcaster Stan Fischler. He soon became an award-winning reporter in his own right, receiving New York City’s Best Spot News Story of the Year award in 1967.
In the late 1960s, Lou turned to freelance writing and in 1971, his first book of poetry, the sadness of happy times, was published by Dune Publications Ltd. and became a classic over the next several years, going into 10 printings and selling well over 30,000 copies. During that same period, he published a second best-selling book of poetry, If You’ve Ever Loved a Married Man, written anonymously.
Lou currently resides on the Greek Island of Crete with his wife, Sofia, where a special bilingual edition of the sadness of happy times has been re-issued and critically acclaimed by the Greek media. In addition, his poetry, magazine articles and news stories have appeared in numerous publications in the United States, Greece and Great Britain. His first novel, a coming of age story, Be Bop A Lula, set in the 1950s New York City suburb of Bayside, Queens, has just been published as an e-book. A third book of poetry, On the Road to Here, the long-awaited sequel to the sadness of happy times, is now available online.