Jonathan LaPoma

Author / Screenwriter

Books

Developing Minds

#1 Amazon Best Seller ("Satire" and "Urban Life" Kindle categories)

DEVELOPING MINDS: AN AMERICAN GHOST STORY follows a group of recent college graduates who struggle with feelings of alienation and their addictions as they try to survive a year of teaching at two dysfunctional Miami public schools. A poetic and insightful coming-of-age novel, DEVELOPING MINDS is centered on 24-year-old Luke Entelechy, an aspiring writer who sees his creative output suffer when he begins teaching at one of Miami’s most challenging middle schools. As the year progresses, however, Luke begins to relate to the neglect and abuse his students suffer, and is faced with a “haunting” decision: continue to let his dark past destroy him, or

Awards & Honors

  • Stargazer Literary Prizes, 2015, 1st Place
  • FAPA President’s Awards, 2016, Bronze Medal Winner (Adult eBook)
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Understanding the Alacran

Silver Medal Winner of the 2017 FAPA President's Awards

Trying to escape the oppression leading him to drinking, drugs, and despair, 22-year-old William James rejects a teaching position offer at a prestigious Buffalo high school and moves to Mexico to find freedom in its beaches, mountains, and culture. But soon, this freedom becomes oppressive as well as William finds himself unable to avoid the pull of the wild party scene in the small town of Lila where he lives. He continues a downward spiral until he meets a complex and compassionate Mexican woman whose love inspires him to face the question he’s been avoiding: Is this trip a desperate search for life or

Awards & Honors

  • Silver Medal Winner of the 2017 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Awards (contemporary/literary category)
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