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Winner of Nelson Algren award to read from new fiction on Oct. 22 at Gage Gallery

Posted: 10/09/2012
Billy Lombardo, author of How to Hold a Woman, Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns, The Man with Two Arms, and Chicago Tribune Best Fiction of 2005 selection The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, will read a new short story from a collection in progress at 5 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22 in Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago.

Born and raised in Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood and now living in Forest Park, Lombardo 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, Chicago Tribune and Knee Jerk, among others. He is the 2011 recipient of the Nelson Algren Award for Short Fiction.
Lombardo is the co-founder and managing editor of Polyphony H.S., a student-run international literary magazine for high school writers and editors. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, and earned his bachelor’s from Loyola University. He is currently a writer-in-residence at Roosevelt University and on sabbatical from his teaching position (English literature and creative writing) at the Latin School of Chicago.

The event, free and open to the public, continues the year-long Gage Gallery Reading Series sponsored by Roosevelt University’s Creative Writing Program.  To learn more about Lombardo, visit or contact him at For further details on the reading series, contact Peggy Shinner, or visit the Creative Writing Program’s blog at