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billy's books

billy's books


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morning will come

Re-issued, re-titled, re-edited re-beautifully jacketed version of How to Hold a Woman, published by Tortoise Books, and launching in January, 2020

The Logic of a Rose:

Chicago Stories

published in 2005, this little baby of mine won the G.S. Sharat Chandra Prize for Short Fiction and was published by BkMk Press.

The Man With Two Arms

the seed of this one began on a beach in Fort Lauderdale, FL, when my son Kane had a catch with me wearing a lefty glove. The penultimate scene was inspired by 9/11.

Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns

It all began for me on the stage of the Green Mill's Uptown Poetry Slam with the poems and prose in this baby. Pieces like "Joyful Mysteries" and "The Last Tree on Paper Route #32," "Poem for Lenard Clark" and "My Father is an Excellent Dog."

billy's bio


billy is the author of three books of fiction – The Logic of a Rose: Chicago Stories, The Man with Two Arms, and Meanwhile, Roxy Mourns. 


His novel, How to Hold a Woman will be re-issued by Tortoise Books as Morning Will Come in January 2021.


billy's most recent work has been published in Hypertext Magazine, Ireland’s HCE Review, The Tishman Review, Tikkun Magazine, The Chicago Reader, The Chicago Tribune, and Triquarterly. billy is the 2011 Nelson Algren Award winner for Fiction. 

A revered high school English Literature and creative writing teacher for 25 years at The Latin School of Chicago, and for nine years at other Chicago-area high schools, he now runs his own writing and editing business called Writing Pros/e.


billy is the founder and managing editor of Polyphony Lit, a global literary platform for high school writers and editors, at the core of which is a literary magazine run by an international staff of more than 200 high school editors around the world who comment on every one of the thousands of submissions that come to us every year (2,706 in 2019) from more than 70 countries so far.


A dynamic speaker and performer, billy has presented and performed at more than 300 high schools, universities, and literary events since 1989. billy lives in Chicago’s Albany Park neighborhood with his partner, Amy Danzer and their dog, Valentino. 


He is currently at work on a book on the craft of fiction:

House of Fiction, Deconstructed for the Apprentice Writer.



Tiger Room Salon Reading

More info to come


New York City Readings


Amy(at) for more information



Poet's Monday in Milwaukee 

featured poet

Linneman's River West Inn

1001 E. Locust Street, Milwaukee, WI

7:30-10:00pm (CST)


morning will come reading

Albany Park Public Library

3401 W. Foster Avenue



morning will come reading

w/Kenyatta Rogers

Maria's Packaged Goods

& Community Bar

960 W. 31st St. in Bridgeport



morning will come

book launch

in conversation w/ Gina Frangello

Volumes Bookcafe

1474 N. Milwaukee Avenue

Chicago, IL 60622



Sunday Reading Series

Poetry, Prose, & Cocktails

w/Parneshia Jones & Tina Boyer Brown

The Hungry Brain

2319 W. Belmont Ave.



Harold Washington Library

in conversation

w/Donna Seaman & Stuart Dybek

400 S. State Street



Local Authors Night

at The Book Cellar

4736 N. Lincoln Avenue



morning will come reading

Daley Public Library, Bridgeport

3400 S. Halsted Street




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