Billy Lombardo

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General Information

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Name: Billy Lombardo

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction

Born: in Chicago, Illinois



Illinois Connection

Lombardo was born and raised in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. He currently lives in Forest Park - a suburb of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Lombardo is the author of The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, a Chicago Tribune Best Fiction of 2005 selection. He teaches English literature and creative writing at Latin School of Chicago and teaches fiction for UCLA's Extension program. He founded and directs Polyphony HS, a student-run national literary magazine for high school writers and editors.

He has had fiction, essays, and nonfiction published or anthologized in StoryQuarterly, Cicada, TriQuarterly, Bryant Literary Review, Other Voices, The Spoken Word Redux, Elysian Fields Quarterly, River Oak Review, The Forest Park Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Knee Jerk, and other publications.

Lombardo is the 2011 recipient of the Nelson Algren Award.

Published Works

  • The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, BkMk Press, 2005
  • How to Hold a Woman, OV Books , 2009
  • Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns, EM Press , 2009
  • The Man with Two Arms, Overlook Hardcover , 2010

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

How to Hold a Woman

ISBN: 0976717751
Release Date: 2009-06-01

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Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns

ISBN: 0970801297
Release Date: 2009-06-23

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Literary Awards

  • Chicago Tribune Best Fiction of 2005 selection, The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories'
  • 2011 Chicago Tribune's Nelson Algren Award, Clover

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)

Book Billy for a Book Club! Book clubs must be willing to make a donation ($300 minimum) to Polyphony H.S., the student-run, national literary magazine for high school writers and editors.

To schedule Billy for school readings, performances, classes, etc. please contact:

Billy Lombardo c/o Sheryl Johnston 623 W. Oakdale Avenue Chicago, IL 60657

External Links

Billy Lombardo on WorldCat

Billy Lombardo on Amazon


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