Tony Romano was born in San Salvatore Telesino, Italy, and moved to Chicago when he was eleven months old. His collection of short stories If You Eat, You Never Die (Harper, 2008), and his novel When the World was Young (Harper, 2007), were both finalists in the Society of Midland Authors awards in the Adult Fiction category. He is a two-time winner of a PEN Syndicated Fiction Project award. Both stories were produced for National Public Radio and syndicated to newspapers nationwide. His fiction has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, Sou’wester, Whetstone, and Italian Americana. In 2010, the Illinois Association of Teachers of English named him their Author of the Year. In 2011, he was a finalist for the Norman Mailer Writing Award for High School Teachers. He lives in the Chicago area with his wife and three daughters.