Paul Salvo

Author Paul Salvo, a former Marine and Vietnam vet, is a retired vice-president of a Wall Street firm. Emigrating from Sicily with his family as a five-year, he came of age in the predominantly Italian working-class neighborhood of Bushwick, Brooklyn. Post Viet Nam, he began writing fiction at Hunter College and at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York where he majored in English and Philosophy.

His writing mines the challenges of uprooting and of place and space through the lens of immigration and assimilation. His peasant father’s admonishment to respect the earth on which we walk endures as he navigates his family life, Brooklyn years, Vietnam, and beyond.

In Brief:

Birthplace: Castelvetrano, Sicily - Paradise Lost, Paradise Found

Bushwick, Brooklyn: All my changes were there. (Neil Young)

Former Marine, Vietnam Vet and Wall Streeter: Did you exchange a walk-on part in the war for a lead role in a cage? (Roger Waters)