Ned Vizzini

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Ned Vizzini in 2010

Edison Price "Ned" Vizzini (born April 4, 1981) is an American writer who is the author of books for young adults. His books are The Other Normals, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Be More Chill, and Teen Angst? Naaah.... He began writing for the New York Press when he was 15 years of age. He has written for The New York Times, The L Magazine, The Daily Beast, and season 2 of MTV's Teen Wolf.

As of 2012, Vizzini writes for the ABC television drama Last Resort. He speaks at schools and libraries around the world about mental health, writing, and how students can use writing as a medicine for mental health. He has spoken at UCLA; the Dalton School; the Brooklyn, New York, and Chicago Public Libraries; Murray State University; NYU; the National Council of Teachers of English; and at a Master's Tea at Yale.[1]


Early life

Ned Vizzini grew up primarily in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn in New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, graduating in 1999.[2]


At fifteen Vizzini began to write articles for the New York Press, an alternative newspaper.[citation needed]

After he wrote an essay that was published by The New York Times Magazine, several of his essays about his young adult life ended up being combined into his first book, Teen Angst? Naaah.... Vizzini attended Hunter College, also located in Manhattan. As of 2012, Ned Vizzini lives in Los Angeles and continues to write and to speak about his books.[3] Vizzini's characters and situations are said to be based upon his time spent at Stuyvesant.[4]



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