Illinois State Library

Illinois Center for the Book

Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Billy Lombardo  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois

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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.


-- Chicago Tribune Best Fiction of 2005 selection, ''The Logic of a Rose

Speaking Engagements

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

Selected Titles At Your Library

How To Hold A Woman
ISBN: 9781937854164. OCLC Number: 945078952

Dzanc Books,. .

An emotionally powerful book; it is organic, surprising, and edgy in a way that will appeal to male readers as well as female readers. It has the potential to be groundbreaking in its raw, honest portrayal of a just-barely-functioning family. Billy Lombardo is interested in the beauty of words. He is also a great observer of the world around him, and he is exquisite and precise in getting that world onto the page. Billy Lombardo is the author of The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, a Chicago Tribune Best Fiction of 2005 selection. His novel Man With Two Arms is due from The Overlook Press in 2010.

How to hold a woman :
ISBN: 0976717751. OCLC Number: 268794696

OV Books,. .

Alan and Audrey are an ordinary married couple raising three children and coping with the demands of busy careers when the unthinkable happens: their oldest daughter, Isabel, goes missing in the middle of the night. Thus begins this intimate portrait of a barely functioning family as Alan, Audrey, and their two young sons are left to decipher the mysteries of how to go on living and loving in the aftermath of violence and loss.

Meanwhile, Roxy mourns /
ISBN: 0970801297. OCLC Number: 708415935

EM Press,. .

The logic of a rose :
ISBN: 1886157502. OCLC Number: 57893611

BkMk Press,. .

Young Petey lives in an Italian enclave in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood in the early 1970s. Describes everything from how to mop a floor to how to fill a cannoli. Portrays Petey's struggle to survive as he heads into adolescence and learns how to navigate on his home turf.

The man with two arms
ISBN: 9781590204368. OCLC Number: 646111846

Overlook ;. .

The man with two arms /
ISBN: 1590203070. OCLC Number: 501947581

Overlook Press,. .

Henry Granville, who loves baseball, teaches his son Danny all about the game, and Danny turns out to be a baseball phenom. He makes it to the majors, but the pressures of celebrity could ruin his life as well as his father's.