Denis Hamill is a journalist, novelist and screenwriter. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., one of seven children of immigrants from Northern Ireland.
Culturally, he is a true son of what might be called the Woodstock Generation, a product of a time of youthful protests against the Vietnam War, of Dylan, the Stones and Jimi Hendrix. In his novels, and some of his journalism, he draws upon that turbulent era of sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.
As a journalist, he served his apprenticeship at a Brooklyn weekly called Flatbush Life. Within a year, he was writing for the Village Voice, and a year later he won the prestigious Meyer Berger Award from Columbia University for best New York City reporting. From there he went on to write columns for New York magazine, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner, the Boston Herald American, New York Newsday and the News York Daily News. Hamill is renowned for his knowledge of people who work and live far from the posh, glittering worlds of Manhattan. Most recently, he covered the emotional trial of police officers accused of wrongfully shooting a man named Sean Bell.
In addition, he is the author of ten novels, most of them revealing the lives of his own generation, and of the people he knows from living in Brooklyn and Queens. The film rights to his novel “Fork in Road” were recently sold to Alexander Payne, Oscar-winning director of “Sideways.
He has written many screenplays, including “Turk 182” with Timothy Hutton and Kim Catrall and “Critical Condition” which starred Richard Pryor. In 2007, he wrote the script for an independent film called “Under New Management”. This romantic Mob comedy, shot in Brooklyn and Queens, is now in post-production.
Hamill lives in Queens.