Tony Ardizzone was born and raised on the North Side of Chicago and is the author of eight
books of fiction. His most recent work includes the novel The Whale Chaser, recently released
in paperback by Chicago Review Press, and an episodic novel set in Rome, By the Fountain of the
He has also written the novel In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu, the interconnected collection
Larabi's Ox: Stories of Morocco, and edited the anthology The Habit of Art: Best Stories from
the Indiana University Fiction Workshop. A paperback edition of his 1986 book of short stories, The
Evening News, was released in Spring 2013 by the University of Georgia Press as part of its
celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Flannery O'Connor Award competition.
In addition to the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, Ardizzone's writing has been awarded
the Chicago Foundation for Literature Award for Fiction, the Pushcart Prize, the Virginia Prize for Fiction,
the Milkweed Editions National Fiction Prize, the Bruno Arcudi Literature Prize, the Lawrence Foundation Award,
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 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 as its program
director. He also taught for several years in the low-residency MFA Program at Vermont College in
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.