Rita Ciresi

Department of English, CPR 107
Tampa, FL 33620
Phone: 
813-974-9570

Author's Bio

Rita Ciresi is the author of four novels--Blue Italian, Pink Slip, Remind Me Again Why I Married You, and Bring Back My Body to Me--and two short-story collections, Sometimes I Dream in Italian and Mother Rocket. She is professor of English and director of creative writing at the University of South Florida in Tampa, a mentor for the Bay Path University online MFA program in nonfiction, and fiction editor of 2 Bridges Review.

Publications and Prizes

Books: 
Blue Italian
(Ecco Press, 1996)
, Mother Rocket
(University of Georgia Press, 1993)
, Pink Slip
(Delacorte, 1999)
, Remind Me Again Why I Married You
(Bantam/Dell, 2003)
, Sometimes I Dream in Italian
(Delacorte Press, 2001)
Anthologies: 
Don't Tell Mama: The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing
(Penguin, 2002)
, The Italian American Reader
(Morrow, 2003)
, The Milk of Almonds
(Feminist Press, 2002)
Journals: 
Oregon Review, Prairie Schooner, South Carolina Review
Prizes Won: 
Flannery O'Connor Award for Short Fiction, finalist for the Los Angeles Times First Book Award, Pirate's Alley Faulkner Prize for the Novel, Barnes and Noble Discover Great New Writers Series

More Information

Listed as: 
Fiction Writer
Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Identifies as: 
Italian American
Born in: 
New Haven
Raised in: 
New Haven, CT
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Last updated: Dec 05, 2016