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Antwone Fisher is a poet, lecturer, and award-winning film and literary writer. He was born in an Ohio prison to a teenage mother and had a difficult journey through the foster care system. His book chronicling his childhood, Finding Fish: A Memoir, is a New York Times and national bestseller. He is also the subject of the Fox Searchlight classic film, Antwone Fisher, which he wrote and co-produced. His collection of poetry titled Who Will Cry For The Little Boy is a national bestseller and his book, A Boy Should Know How to Tie a Tie and Other Lessons for Succeeding in Life, won the 2011 NAACP award for Best Literary Work - Instructional.

Antwone served for eleven years in the United States Navy and was appointed by the Master Chief Petty Officer of the US Navy to the honorary rank of Chief Petty Officer in 2009. After the Navy, he worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons as a Correctional Officer, which led him to a job at Sony Pictures Studio as a security guard. Shortly after, he was inspired to take a screenwriting course. He has since worked with major studios on fifteen film writing projects, script doctoring, or script consulting assignments.

Antwone has been listed in Variety’s “Fifty People to Watch” and Fade In Magazine’s “100 People in Hollywood You Need to Know”. He has won the Screenwriter of the Year Award from the National Association of Theater Owners and in 2003 was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Cleveland State University.