Carl Shapiro is a writer and composer. His articles, reviews, and letters have appeared in such magazines and newspapers as The New York Times, Milwaukee Journal, Libertarian Review, Hi-Rise-Living, and New Jersey's The Record, Star-Ledger, Paterson News, Jersey Journal, and Herald-News. A member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP), his choral anthem, "Liberty Tree," was performed in a Bicentennial concert, televised nationally in 1976 over NBC-TV. Regarding “Liberty Tree”, New York Times correspondent Paula Neustat praised the work as, “The music is perfectly fitted to the words.” Shapiro's song, 'Please Be Mine had been included among the most popular songs of that period on the National Hit Parade column.

His poem about the American flag, "It's Only a Piece of Cloth," has been recited more than once on the Merv Griffin Show, as well as over public television on the Over Easy Show. It was read on WABC syndicated radio on July 4th 2017. After reading a news story about "It's Only a Piece of Cloth", first lady Barbara Bush wrote to Carl Shapiro, calling the poem "inspiring". He has also co-hosted the Joe Franklin Show over WOR-TV. Shapiro's first novel, NO CANDY NO FLOWERS, was published in 1984. In 1982, he wrote and copyrighted a drama, THE GENIUS. Shapiro's fiction works and play have been commended by literary and theatrical professionals and notables, including New York Mayor Ed Koch, television's Tom Snyder, and actor Martin Balsam. A native of New Jersey, he and his wife Marilyn have a son, Rob.


“Carl Shapiro has a flair for dialogue. He’s dynamic. Everything he writes is outstanding.”

- Professor Sidney Offit
New School University