Don De Grazia is a Fiction Writing professor at Columbia College Chicago, where he also earned his BA and MFA. After completing his master's thesis, "American Skin," De Grazia sent it off to London's prestigious publisher, Jonathan Cape, who offered him a contract. In January 1998, American Skin was published in the UK. Hailed as an American classic, the book was so highly acclaimed by critics that it caught the attention of publishers around the world, and in April 2000, American Skin was released in the US by Scribner. A flood of positive reviews appeared in the New York Times Book Review, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, Kirkus Reviews, Publishers Weekly, and the San Francisco Examiner. It is now in its fourth printing and was recently anthologized in The Outlaw Bible of American Fiction. A member of the Screenwriters Guild of America, De Grazia is currently adapting the script for American Skin. He has written for the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Reader, and other publications. He resides in Chicago, where he is at work on his second novel, Reel Shadows, a chapter of which appeared in the March 2009 issue of TriQuarterly. De Grazia is also the co-founder of Come Home Chicago, a series that celebrates our city's unique storytelling tradition with readings and entertainment held at the legendary Underground Wonder Bar.