2009
Noted Chicago author appears at Benedictine for reading, book signing

Noted Chicago author appears at Benedictine for reading, book signing
September 4, 2009

Phil Brozynski, Media Relations Manager
(630) 829-6094
pbrozynski@ben.edu

Billy Lombardo grew up in the shadows of old Comiskey Park in the Bridgeport neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. He began writing as a poet in the Chicago slam poetry scene. His novel, “The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories,” a collection of short stories, is a celebration of Chicago and was the winner of the 2005 G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction. The book was also a Chicago Tribune Best Fiction Pick of 2005, Society of Midland Authors Award Runner-up in Fiction and ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Finalist. His fiction has appeared in such publications as StoryQuarterly, Other Voices, Cicada and the Bryant Literary Review. Lombardo will be at Benedictine University from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 16 at the Coal Ben performing readings and signing copies of his book, “How to Hold A Woman,” a powerful portrayal of a dysfunctional family dealing with loss. A graduate of Loyola University, Lombardo is the co-founder and Artistic Director of Polyphony H.S., a student-run national literary magazine for high school writers and editors. He teaches fiction at The Latin School of Chicago. Lombardo lives in Forest Park with his wife, Elisa, a singer/songwriter, and their sons Seth and Kane. His latest novel, “Man With Two Arms,” is due from The Overlook Press in February 2010.

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Benedictine University is an independent Roman Catholic institution located in Lisle, Illinois just 25 miles west of Chicago. Founded in 1887, Benedictine provides 56 undergraduate majors, 16 graduate and four doctorate programs. The Chronicle of Higher Education recently ranked Benedictine University as the seventh fastest-growing campus among private nonprofit master’s universities, and Forbes magazine named Benedictine among the top 20 percent of America’s colleges for 2011. Benedictine University’s Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) program is listed by Crain’s Chicago Business as the fourth largest in the Chicago area in 2011.