Rita Ciresi

Fiction Writer

Department of English, CPR 107
Tampa, FL 33620

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 & Prizes

The Italian American Reader (Morrow, 2003)
Don't Tell Mama: The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing (Penguin, 2002)
The Milk of Almonds (Feminist Press at CUNY, 2002)
Remind Me Again Why I Married You (Bantam/Dell, 2003)
Sometimes I Dream in Italian (Delacorte Press, 2001)
Pink Slip (Delacorte, 1999)
Blue Italian (Ecco Press, 1996)
Mother Rocket (University of Georgia Press, 1993)
Oregon Review
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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

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Identifies as: 
Italian American
Born in: 
New Haven
Raised in: 
New Haven, CT
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Last update: Dec 05, 2016