Official Web Site of

Lou Duro

Author, Poet, Storyteller, Columnist/Blogger

A Bit About Me

I'm a product of New York City, where every time you turn around, there's a new story to tell or poem to write. While attending Bayside High School I realized writing was to be my future. I chose the military instead of college, where I first became a published writer. As Journalist 3rd Class in the Navy, I edited and wrote for my unit's newsletter, with some articles re-published by the Navy Times.  Following my discharge, I enrolled in journalism night classes in New York University, while working as an editorial assistant at The New York Journal-American, the country's largest afternoon daily newspaper. I soon became a general assignment reporter, before moving on to the short-lived New YorkWorld Journal Tribune and then The Long Island Press.

 

In the wake of the declining newspapers of the 60s, I turned to public relations and advertising, first with The Long Island Rail Road, then for my own agency, while, at the same time, always keeping pen to paper creating original articles and poems, in addition to press releases and speeches.

 

In 1985, I chucked the commercialism of the business world and moved to the island of Crete, Greece, to return full time to my first love, Creative Writing. My fiction, poetry, magazine articles and news stories have appeared in numerous publications in the United States, Greece and Great Britain. Among my numerous published works is the classic 1950s bio-fiction coming-of-age novel, Be Bop A Lula, as well as the best-selling free verse poetry book, the sadness of happy times, among others.

 
 

Be Bop A Lula

I would like to take you back to the 1950s, or, if you're a bit younger, introduce you to the most iconic decade ever. "Be Bop A Lula" is a bio-fictional novel of a time when The Crowd was a sacred sect meeting in a candy-store temple, and Hanging Out was a full‑time obligation, with occasional time‑outs for gang wars and bar fights; drive‑ins and making out; hot rods and motorcycles. Eggcreams and cherry cokes were the nectar of the Gods, and Coney Island hot dogs were tube steaks to teenage gourmets. It was the 1950s, when teenagers and rock 'n' roll came of age hand-in-hand, and the story unfolds with a "verbal soundtrack" of 76 songs of the era, each one relevant to the accompanying action.

 

It's New York City in the 50s…and coming of age will never be like this again!

 

"I'm loving your writing and you nail so many childhood experiences right on the head, right to the point where I can feel my own experience and younger self again. The memory becomes so clear."

--Bayside LiveTV Host Gregg Sullivan

 

"A coming of age story in the same vein as "The Outsiders" and "Diner." If you've lived the 50s experience, or want to know what it was all about, read Lou's "Be Bop A Lula."

--Jimmy Breslin, Author

Poetry

This continuous story of a love affair, written in free verse, with simplicity and gentleness, transverses the varied experiences of the search for love – the expectancy, the eager grasping of each tender moment, the highs when we feel sure  this is it, the heartbreak of love lost.

(This special paperback edition of the classic book of poetry contains a tribute to the late Herb Oscar Anderson, who wrote the book's introduction; a new title poem and several new poems  of coming-of-age).

Co-written by Lou and an anonymous single-woman author,  this poignant book, a perennial best seller since first published in 1974, captures all those wonderful highs and tormented lows that only a married man-single woman love affair can produce. You’ll understand what it means to “sing Jingle Bells solo” and to “celebrate holidays either the day before or the day after.”

 

Ms Magazine:

"Powerful...a must read

for all single girls."

Inspired by Jack Kerouac's classic novel, this much-anticipated follow-up to Lou's best-selling poetry book, the sadness of happy times,  features poems written over the years and along the way, together with some new works on here and now. On the Road to Here  reads like an emotional travelogue recalling the sometimes heartache and sometimes happiness uncovered in places like New York, San Francisco, New Orleans, Amsterdam, Montreal Crete and Athens.

 
 

Reviews & Testimonials

Interview with Gregg Sullivan,  host of BaysideLiveTV, who introduced Lou as "one of the great writers of Bayside" after reading, Be Bop A Lula.

(see full interview on YouTube).

Be Bop A Lula’ opens with a great line . . . Captures the reader right away . . . Very talented author.

WRITER'S DIGEST

If you have ever been in love and been hurt read "The Sadness of Happy Times." Lou tenderly puts into a few words what you have always been trying to say

WCBS Radio

Reading your books (Sadness of Happy Times and On The Road to Here) shows that you put a lot of feeling into your words. You can't imagine how many pictures I developed in my mind as I went through your verses. Your references to Alan Freed, Herb Oscar Anderson, and Stan Fischler brought lots of memories into my mind.

DAVID MORRISON, AUTHOR

"The Sadness of Happy Times” is a tenderly written book well worth reading.

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

I jokingly told Lou he plagiarized me when I first read “the sadness of happy times” and he told me I plagiarized Walton Benton’s “This Is My Beloved” from the 40s. We had a good laugh, a nice lunch, and I realized that Lou is my kindred soul when it comes to expressing our emotions.

                                             ROD MCKUEN

A national book-store-signing and media tour resulted in “the sadness of happy times” to sell more than 40,000 copies in the early 1970s.

 
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