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(Partial List)

Alice and Irwin Stark Short Fiction Prize

American Italian Historical Association Award for Italian American Studies​  

Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council Artist Awards

Jerome Lowell DeJur Award for Creative Writing​

New York Foundation for the Arts Poetry Fellow

  Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Grant Award   ​

Sherwood Anderson Fiction Award

Tillie Olsen Award in Creative Writing 

Triangle Fire Memorial Association Award

Voices in Italian Americana’s Aniello Lauri Award for Creative Writing​


On's Recommended List of Short Stories for Rushed Readers 

American Association for School Libraries’ "Best Books for High Schools” 

Binghamton University Milt Kessler Book Award Finalist  ​

Family Tree Magazine's Recommended Genealogy Reading List

ForeWord Magazine’s Poetry Book of the Year Finalist

John Gardner Fiction Book Award Finalist

Library Journal's "First Novels: Fall Firsts" Notable List   

Montserrat Review’s Best Short Stories of 2005 

Pennsylvania Center for the Book's Cultural and Literary Map

Pennsylvania School Librarian Association's Top 40 Young Adult Fiction List

  Poets Out Loud State Finals Judge   

Public Library Association’s “Best Books for General Audiences”

Pushcart Press Editors Book Award Nomination​

Sons and Daughters of Italy National Book Club Selection​

University of Pittsburgh Annual Writer's Cafe Writing Contest Judge

Library Journal's "First Novels: Fall Firsts" Notable List 


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