Billy Lombardo is the author of four books of fiction: The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, How to Hold a Woman, The Man With Two Arms, and The Day of the Palindrome. He is also the author of Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns, a book of poetry/prose. Billy is the co-founder and managing editor of Polyphony H.S., an international student-run literary magazine for high school writers and editors. He was the 2011 Artist-in-Residence at Illinois Benedictine University, and currently teaches English Literature and Creative Writing at The Latin School of Chicago. He is the 2011 recipient of the Nelson Algren Award.