Tony Ardizzone was born and raised on the North Side of Chicago and is the author of
eight books of fiction. His work includes the novel The Whale Chaser (Academy Chicago
Publishers, 2010; paperback edition, Chicago Review Press, forthcoming Spring 2015) and a
recently completed interconnected collection of short stories set in Rome, currently titled
By the Fountain of the Four Rivers.
His work also 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 (Picador USA/St. Martin's Press, 1999; paperback, 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.
In addition to the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, Ardizzone's writing has been
awarded the Milkweed Editions National Fiction Prize, the Pushcart Prize, the Chicago Foundation
for Literature Award for Fiction sponsored by the Friends of Literature, 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 as well as the 2005 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.
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.