Rita Ciresi is professor of English at the University of South Florida in Tampa, a faculty member for the Bay Path University online MFA program in nonfiction, and fiction editor of 2 Bridges Review.
Her awards include the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, finalist for the Los Angeles Times’ Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction, the Barnes and Noble Discover New Writers Series, the Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Prize for the Novel, and the Jeanne Leiby Award.
She is author of the novels Bring Back My Body to Me, Blue Italian, Pink Slip, and Remind Me Again Why I Married You, and the story collections Sometimes I Dream in Italian, Mother Rocket, and most recently, Second Wife: released earlier this year by Burrow Press.
Still image by Jared Alan Smith. Video by Timucua Arts Foundation.