Philip Cioffari grew up in the Bronx and received his B.A. from St. John’s University and his Ph.D. in English from New York University. He teaches in the writing program at William Paterson University. His most recent novel is DARK ROAD, DEAD END. Previous works of fiction include: JESUSVILLE, A HISTORY OF THINGS LOST OR BROKEN, and CATHOLIC BOYS, all published by Livingston Press/University of West Alabama. His independent movie, the feature-length film LOVE IN THE AGE OF DION, which he wrote and directed, has won numerous film festival awards, including Best Feature Film at the Long Island International Film Expo. His short stories have been published widely in literary and commercial magazines and anthologies including Playboy, North American Review, Michigan Quarterly, Northwest Review, Bayou, Italian Americana, 100% Pure Florida Fiction, Men of Our Time, Southern Humanities Review, etc. His plays have been produced OFF and OFF-OFF Broadway at the Chelsea Playhouse, the Belmont Italian American Playhouse, American Globe Theatre and American Theatre for Actors, among others.