Marisa Labozzetta was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She was spared the negative connotation of being an only child by a mother who took great pains not to spoil her and by the companionship of many cousins in a closely-knit family. As a teaching fellow in the Graduate School of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown University, she received a Masters of Science degree and completed her doctoral coursework.
Marisa published her first piece in The Washington Star. She won first prize in the Rio Grande Writers´ fiction contest, and was a finalist in Playboy´s Victoria Chen Haider Memorial Literary Award for Fiction, and in New Letters Literary Awards.
Marisa went on to publish stories in the best-selling When I Am An Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple, The American Voice, Show Me a Hero: Great Contemporary Stories About Sports, The Pegasus Review, VIA, KnitLit, Dont Tell Mama! The Penguin Book of Italian American Writing, Paradise, Our Mothers Our Selves, Beliefnet.com, Italian Americana, Perigee, and American Fiction, among others.
In 1999, Marisa released her first novel, Stay With Me, Lella. In 2006, she received a Pushcart Prize for her At the Copa collection. It was also a finalist for the John Gardner Fiction Award in 2009. "Forecast for a Sunny Day," from that collection, won the Watchung Arts Center Award for Short Fiction in 2010. Her 2013 novel, Sometimes It Snows in America, was an Eric Hoffer Award Finalist.
Join Marisa Labozzetta and me on Tuesday, May 10, 10-11 A.M. CT US. We will be discussing her latest novel Thieves Never Steal in the Rain, and her passion for storytelling.