Russell Vann

Life & death battles don’t lurk around every corner, but fears & worries haunt us all; love & heartbreak can change lives in a moment. Because of that, Ghetto Bastard tells everyone's story.


Russell Vann is a freelance writer that began writing his memoirs in 2013. He was born in the South Bronx and lived there for the majority of his life. His two books, Ghetto Bastard and Ghetto Bastard 2 both reached #1 on Amazon. The third book in the series, Ghetto Bastard III was released in 2019.

He attended Cardinal Hayes High School for two years and then Howard Taft High School for one year. As he didn’t graduate, he attended a program where he worked and took classes so that he could get his G.E.D. In later years he took Computer Science College courses.

His work background includes hard labor, Corrections and being a Caregiver. He has often held two jobs at a time to provide for his family.

His great-grandmother was the biggest influence in his life because she raised him. She gave him his great sense of family where other members of his family failed him. As a young boy just entering manhood, he ran the streets and had his share of trouble but always learned from the mistakes he made.

His love life was no different. He made a lot of mistakes there too. Fortunately, he finally got it right and married the love of his life.

He attended Book Expo America and Book Con in 2019 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York, NY.


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