Jonathan LaPoma

Author / Screenwriter / Songwriter


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 alienation and addiction as they try to survive a year of teaching at 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 rise above the

Awards & Honors

  • Stargazer Literary Prizes, 2015, 1st Place
  • FAPA President’s Awards, 2016, Bronze Medal Winner (Adult eBook)
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The Soul City Salvation

-#1 Hot New Release in Psychological Fiction on Amazon CA

Ten months—that’s how long twenty-six-year-old writer and aspiring actor Jay Sakovsky decides to stay and teach in the bohemian beach town of Soul City, California, to save up cash and overcome his anxiety before moving on to Hollywood.  But after several “friendly chats” with the vice principal about hangover sweats and black eyes from barroom brawls, Jay sees a therapist who helps him connect his self-destructive tendencies and artistic blocks to his undiagnosed OCD, setting him on a ten-year healing journey that drives him to near madness as he explores the limits of his heart, creativity, and psyche.

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The Summer of Crud

Barnes & Noble Press Presents pick, February/March 2018

The summer after graduating from college, 22-year-old Danny Wolinski takes a cross-country US road trip with his friend, Ian Perez, hoping to find the inspiration to reach his songwriting potential, start a band, and avoid student teaching in the fall. Danny is tormented by intense physical and psychological pain and sees music as his only relief, but the more he searches for this inspiration in an America filled with endless parties, heavy drugs, and lost souls, the more he questions whether it exists. A deeply disturbing and psychological coming-of-age novel, The Summer of Crud explores the complexities

Awards & Honors

Eric Hoffer Book Award Finalist, 2018

“A slender, fast-paced, fever-dreamed excursion . . . undeniably addictive.”

Kirkus Reviews, Recommended Review

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#2 Bestseller in Sports Fiction on Amazon UK and Australia

A group of troubled but charismatic boys in a tough Buffalo, NY neighborhood play basketball at a local park and dream of winning a state high school championship. Driven by raw talent and killer instinct, they dominate the court, but everywhere else, they feel like losers. Hammond is told through the eyes of James Lombardi, a precocious but mentally ill boy who believes winning a championship will ease his “Evil Thoughts” and save his family, long haunted by generations of substance abuse, uncontrollable rage, and suicide. A dark but humorous coming-of-age novel, Hammond offers a poetic and disturbing look inside the complex mind of

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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

  • #1 Amazon Best Seller (Metaphysical, Metaphysical & Visionary, and Religious & Inspirational Kindle categories)
  • Silver Medal Winner of the 2017 Florida Authors and Publishers Association President’s Awards (contemporary/literary category)
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