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TONY ARDIZZONE is a Chicago native whose writing has received the Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, the Milkweed National Fiction Prize, the Chicago Foundation for Literature Award for Fiction sponsored by the Friends of Literature, the Pushcart Prize, the Virginia Prize for Fiction, the Lawrence Foundation Award, the Bruno Arcudi Literature Prize, two individual artist fellowships in fiction from the National Endowment for the Arts, and other honors. In 2006 he was named Chancellor's Professor of English at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he teaches courses in creative writing, 20th century American fiction, ethnic American literature, and literary interpretation, and where he has twice served terms as director of the creative writing program. He has also served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs and was the recipient of Indiana University's Tracy M. Sonneborn Award, given annually to a faculty member for exemplary teaching.

Published works include the novels The Whale Chaser, In the Garden of Papa Santuzzu, The Evening News, The Heart of the Order, and In the Name of the Father; and the short story collections Taking It Home: Stories from the Neighborhood, and Larabi's Ox: Stories of Morocco.