Tom DeMarchi, Director
Sanibel Island Writers Conference
Reed Hall 242
Florida Gulf Coast University
10501 FGCU Blvd S
Fort Myers, FL. 33965-6565
Richard Russo knows small town America. This masterful novelist has an uncanny sense of the way life works in the gritty industrial towns of the American Northeast. From the gossip and the resentments to the people and the cafes, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer Richard Russo chronicles blue-collar America in ways constantly surprising and utterly revealing.
Russo's previous works include seven novels and two collections of short stories. His 2001 novel, Empire Falls, won the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. It was also adapted into an HBO mini-series starring Paul Newman, Ed Harris, Phillip Seymour Hoffman and Helen Hunt.
Russo earned a bachelor's degree, a master's in fine arts, and a Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. His most recent book is the memoir Elsewhere. He lives with his wife in Portland, Maine.