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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Billy Lombardo  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: in Chicago, Illinois


-- Website -- http://www.billylombardo.com
-- Website -- https://www.polyphonylit.org/Staff/billy-lombardo
-- Billy Lombardo on WorldCat -- http://www.worldcat.org/search?q=billy+lombardo

E-Mail: -- polyphonyhs@gmail.com


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.


Awards

The Logic of a Rose Chicago Tribune Best Fiction of 2005 selection

Speaking Engagements

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Selected Titles At Your Library

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,. .

Morning Will Come
ISBN: 1948954079. OCLC Number:

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Alan and Audrey Taylor are raising three children and coping with the demands of busy careers when their eldest child, Isabel, on the verge of precocious womanhood, goes missing in the middle of the night. Thus begins this intimate portrait of a barely functioning family left to decipher the mysteries of how to go on in the aftermath of violence and loss. Morning Will Come, a haunting, sometimes raw exploration of grief, is also by turns humorous and sexy, exploring the bonds of blood and the redemptive power of love. Originally published as How to Hold a Woman by Dzanc Books in 2009, this revised edition is being published in 2019 by Tortoise Books as part of their New Chicago Classics series.

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: 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.