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Poet, Musician, and diarist Jim Carroll was born and grew up in New York City. Talented at both basketball and writing, he attended Trinity High School in Manhattan on a scholership and was an All-City basketball star-- a period in his life vividly described in his widely praised book The Basketball Diaries. Carroll's first collection of poetry, Living at the Movies, was published in 1973 when he was twenty-two. His other books include The Book of Nods (1986), Forced Entries (1987), and Fear of Dreaming (1993). His works have appeared in such publications as Rolling Stone, Poetry, and The Paris Review. As the leader of the Jim Carroll Band, he recorded three albums for Atlantic Records.