About

About

Daniel Genis was born in New York City a few months after his parents emigrated from the Soviet Union in 1977. He attended Stuyvesant High School and New York University, graduating with a degree in history and French. He began a career in publishing, though soon traded in his tennis hobby for a heroin habit. During one bad week of 2003, he committed five amateur robberies, for which he served 10 years in prison. During his lost decade, Daniel wrote a novel called Narcotica and translated from the Russian for commissary money. In Alex Halberstadt's New Yorker profile , the author's trials, tribulations, and reading are outlined.

These days, Daniel is living with his wife Petra Genis in Queens and writing for places like the New York Daily News, Newsweek and Deadspin. He had a bi-weekly column at Vice. With his agent Julia Kardon of HSG Literary Agency, Genis made a book deal with Viking for the literary memoir tentatively named Knowing Prison: 10 Years & 1046 Books Behind the Wall. He can be reached at genis5000@gmail.com as well as his Facebook page.