Brief Biography

Anna Monardo is the author of two novels. The Courtyard of Dreams (Doubleday, 1993) was nominated for a PEN/Hemingway Award, recommended for the National Book Critics Circle Award and translated into German, Norwegian and Danish. Falling In Love with Natassia was published by Doubleday in June 2006. Excerpts first appeared in Prairie Schooner and were nominated for Pushcart Prizes and awarded a Nebraska Arts Council Fellowship for Fiction in 2000. Monardo is a recipient of  2012 and 2004 Nebraska Arts Council Fellowships for Creative Nonfiction and residency fellowships from the Djerassi Foundation, the Corporation of Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her stories, essays and poems have been anthologized, featured on National Public Radio’s “Selected Shorts” reading series, Zocalo Public Forum for a New L.A.,  and published in The Sun, MorePif.comPoets & Writers,  Indiana ReviewRedbook and other magazines and journals.

Monardo, the first member of her Italian family born in the U.S., grew up in Pittsburgh. After receiving her B.A. from St. Mary’s College at Notre Dame, IN, she attended the Radcliffe Publishing Procedures Course. Her first jobs were in publishing—at Farrar, Straus & Giroux; Random House; and McCall’s. She earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Columbia University, where she received the Clare Woolrich Fellowship and interned with Teachers & Writers Collaborative.

Now a professor in the Writer’s Workshop of the University of Nebraska at Omaha, Monardo was awarded the 2013 Award for Distinguished Research and Creative Activity, as well as a 2013 Alumni Teaching Award. She has taught in the M.F.A. Creative Writing Program at Eastern Washington University, the Writer’s Voice of the West Side Y in New York City and the Bennington College July Program.

After many years in New York City, she now lives in Omaha.