Tony Ardizzone was born and raised on the North Side of Chicago and is the author of
eight books of fiction, including the novel The Whale Chaser (Academy Chicago Publishers,
2010) and a recently completed interconnected story collection set in Rome, tentatively titled
By the Fountain of the Four Rivers, currently under consideration. His work includes the
edited anthology The Habit of Art: Best Stories from the Indiana University Fiction Workshop,
(Indiana University Press, 2005), the novel In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu, published by
Picador USA/St. Martin's Press in 1999 and released in paperback in 2000, and the interconnected
collection Larabi's Ox: Stories of Morocco, (Milkweed Editions, 1992). A paperback edition
of his 1986 book of short stories, The Evening News, was published in Spring 2013 by the
University of Georgia Press as part of the press's celebration of the 30th anniversary of its
Flannery O'Connor Award competition.
Ardizzone's writing has received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Chicago
Foundation for Literature Award for Fiction sponsored by the Friends of Literature, the Milkweed
Editions National Fiction Prize, the Pushcart Prize, the Virginia Prize for Fiction, the Lawrence
Foundation Award, the Bruno Arcudi Literature Prize, the Prairie Schooner Readers' Choice
Award, the Black Warrior Review Literary Award in Fiction, the Cream City Review
Editors' Award in Nonfiction, as well as two individual artist fellowships in fiction from the
National Endowment for the Arts.
In Spring 2013 Ardizzone left his position at Indiana University and relocated to Portland, Oregon.
At Indiana, Ardizzone received the 2012 Trustees Award for Teaching, and in 2005 he was the recipient
of the Tracy M. Sonneborn Award, given annually to a faculty member for outstanding teaching and research.
In 2006 the university named him Chancellor's Professor of English, a title given to faculty members who
have achieved local, national and international distinction in teaching and research, and the interaction
between teaching and research.
At Indiana he offered courses in creative writing and the craft of fiction, ethnic American literature,
20th century American fiction, creative writing pedagogy, and literary interpretation. He also served two
terms as Director of the Creative Writing Program, as well as a pair of terms on the Board of Directors of
the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. Prior to his position at Indiana, he taught at Old Dominion
University in Norfolk, Virginia, where he founded its creative writing program and served for nine years as
its program director. He has also taught for several years in the low-residency MFA Program at Vermont
College in Montpelier.
This site is dedicated to information about and critical reviews of his creative work. The
site also contains a biography of the author, occasional interviews (conversations), and a page of links
of literary and cultural interest.