Billy Lombardo is an educator, working with the Community Service Program and teaching fiction at The Latin School of Chicago. He has also run workshops for the River Oak Art Association, the University of Chicago and the Barrington Arts Association. He has had stories recently published, or forthcoming, in Story Quarterly, Cicada, and the Bryant Literary Review and has been featured on ABC World News Sunday, National Public Radio and WGN radio. His collection of short fiction, The Logic of a Rose, Chicago Stories, was the winner of the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction in 2004 and his fiction work The Pilgrim Virgin received a Pushcart Prize Nomination and a Illinois Arts Council Literary Award Winner in 2002.