Bachelor, Cornell University, New York City, 1971; Master of Fine Arts, Columbia University, New York City, 1976.
Urban studies instructor New York University, 1973. English instructor Hostos College, Bronx, 1973, fiction writing instructor, 1975, State University of New York, Stony Brook, 1974, Binghamton, 1976-1977, Hofstra University, 1978-1979, Yale University, New Haven, 1979, New York University, 1980-1981, Columbia University, 1981.
Author: (novels) The Wanderers, 1974, Bloodbrothers, 1976, Ladies Man, 1978, The Breaks, 1983, Clockers, 1992, Freedomland, 1998, Samaritan, 2003, Lush Life, 2008, (screenplays) The Color of Money, 1986, Night and the City, 1989, Kiss of Death, 1995, Clockers, 1995, Ransom, 1996, Shaft, 2000, Freedomland, 2006. Writer (television series) The Wire, 2003-2008. Executive producer: (films) Mad Dog & Glory, 1993, Ethan Frome, 1993.Co-producer: Kiss of Death, 1995, Clockers, 1995. Contributor articles to professional journals.
Member of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists association (executive committee 1979-1981), Authors Guild.
Son of Milton and Harriet (Rosenbaum) Price. Married Judith Hudson. Children: Anne, Genevieve.