Billy Lombardo was born and raised in Chicago's Bridgeport neighborhood. He is the author of The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, a Chicago Tribune Best Fiction of 2005 selection, How to Hold a Woman, (OV Books 2009), a book of poetry/prose, Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns (EM Press 2009) and The Man with Two Arms, (Overlook Press 2010). Billy has just completed a Young Adult novella titled, The Day of the Palindrome.
Billy is the co-founder and artistic director of Polyphony H.S., a student-run national literary magazine for high school writers and editors (www.polyphonyhs.com).
He 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, Knee Jerk, and other publications.
Billy holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Warren Wilson College, and BA from Loyola University. He teaches English literature and creative writing at Latin School of Chicago and teaches fiction for UCLA's Extension program. Billy lives in Forest Park, Illinois, thirteen miles from 35th and Shields, where the White Sox play ball. You can contact him at email@example.com.
- Polyphony HS
A student-run national literary magazine for high school writers and educators