Peter W. Wood

Peter Wood is the author of The Boy Who Hit Back, a coming-of-age novel which hit #1 on Amazon Kindle in its first week. It also placed #3 in the category of marriage and divorce and #2 in runaway fiction. 

Wood, a member of the New Jersey Boxing Hall of Fame, is also author of Confessions of a Fighter—Battling Through the Golden Gloves and A Clenched Fist—The Making of a Golden Gloves Champion, two memoirs published by Ringside Books.

His first book, To Swallow a Toad, an adult novel, was a runner-up in an Ohio new-fiction competition, and later re-titled Confessions of a FighterConfessions was optioned for film by Steve Nicoleides, (When Harry Met Sally, Boyz n the Hood, and A Few Good Men.)

Wood’s writing credits also include a guest column in The New York Times, and articles in Commonweal, America, Ring, Boxing Illustrated, Westchester Magazine, Chicken Soup for the Soul, Proof, and

In addition, his feature article in Sporting Classics has been anthologized in its 25th Anniversary leather-bound edition featuring their 40 finest pieces of writing.

His two full-length plays, Candy Bars and Our Similarities Are Different, were produced in regional theatre in Westchester, New York. His play Freshmen was read at White Plains High School.

As an actor, Wood made his Off-Broadway debut in Kid Shamrock at The TADA Theater in 2012. In 2017, he appeared in the New York City indie film, The Expediter.

A former New York City Golden Gloves finalist in 1971, Wood was selected to represent America in international competition in Montreal, Canada. In 1976, he was asked to represent America in the Maccabean Games held in Tel Aviv, Israel.

He has been interviewed on national television, ESPN and ABC and in New York, The Aaron Braunstein Show; public radio, The Sally Jessie Raphael ShowWOR—The Joey Reynolds Show, and WFUV.

He is also a painter and has had numerous art shows in Manhattan, Easthampton, NY, and the Midwest.  One of his paintings was featured in the Katonah Museum of Art.

Peter Wood was born in Manhattan in 1953. He currently lives in Mount Kisco. He spends summers at his home in Easthampton with his wife, Sue, and his daughter. Zoe Makepeace.

Listen to Peter's interview on the Bridget Leroy podcast.

Watch Peter in the DADS interview on White Plains Community Media:
Peter W Wood

Peter Wood at the Chappaqua Library

Peter Wood vs. Walter Johnson, 1971

WBC Talk Show Episode 8 with Peter Wood