Anne Calcagno | Bio

Anne Calcagno

For stories in her collection Pray For Yourself, Anne Calcagno received the San Francisco Foundation Phelan Literary Award, as well as an NEA and two Illinois Arts Council Artists Fellowships. Her fiction has appeared in The North American Review, TriQuarterly, Denver Quarterly, Epoch, and a number of anthologies, including Don’t tell Mama; an anthology of Italian-American Writing, In the Middle of the Middle West: Literary Nonfiction from the Heartland and Whose Panties Are These? Misadventures from Funny Women on the Road. She won an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award for her story “What’s Yours?” published in Other Voices. She has given readings and lectures throughout the country. Love Like a Dog, about dog fighting in Chicago, is her first novel. She is at work on a second novel Struck By Dina about the Italian colonization of East Africa.

A dual national, Italian and American, she is also editor of Travelers Tales: Italy, which won Foreward’s Silver Medal for Best Travel Book of the Year. Her features and travel writing have appeared in the New York Times, The Chicago Tribune, the Italian American Historical Society, New City, and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Calcagno earned her B.A. from Williams College & her MFA from the University of Montana. On the faculty of the School in the Art Institute’s MFA in Writing program, Calcagno has taught at DePaul University, NorthPark College and for the Ragdale Foundation. She lives with her family, 2 dogs and cat, in Chicago. She can be seen about town, being dragged around by her imperfectly trained Am Staff and German Shepard.