ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A Distinguished Career

Nicholas L. Chiarkas

Nick Chiarkas grew up in the Al Smith housing projects in the Two Bridges neighborhood on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.

When he was in the fourth grade, his mother was told by the principal of PS-1 that, “Nick was unlikely to ever complete high school, so you must steer him toward a simple and secure vocation.” Instead, Nick became a writer, with a few stops along the way: a U.S. Army Paratrooper; a New York City Police Officer; the Deputy Chief Counsel for the President’s Commission on Organized Crime; and the Director of the Wisconsin State Public Defender Agency.

On the way to becoming an author, he picked up a Doctorate from Columbia University; a Law Degree from Temple University; and was a Pickett Fellow at Harvard. How many mothers are told their children are hopeless? How many kids with potential simply surrender to despair? That’s why Nick wrote Weepers and Nunzio's Way— for them.

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5 Things Most People Don't Know About NICK CHIARKAS

  1. I received the Law Enforcement Commendation Medal from the Sons of the American Revolution, and I received the Equal Justice Medal from the Legal Aid Society – These two awards are not in conflict but in harmony. I believe that no one is above the law’s enforcement nor below its protection.
  2. I raised my two oldest children mostly as a single dad – just the three of us. They taught me a lot and made me a better person.
  3. I was one of a handful of NYPD cops sent to Woodstock in 1969 to provide security – it was spectacular and enlightening.
  4. While in an Army hospital I received a very kind letter from J.D. Salinger
  5. I was in the movie “The Anderson Tapes” (Starring: Sean Connery, Dyan Cannon, and Christopher Walken) – okay, it was a minute-no-speaking part where I mistakenly smiled at a dead guy character.