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I was born to Nicholas and Josephine DiChario at St. Mary’s Hospital in the city of Rochester, New York. I spent my childhood growing up in Charlotte, a quiet neighborhood along the shores of Lake Ontario and the Genesee River.
I began working at age 14 as a paperboy for the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle and held summer jobs throughout my high school and undergraduate college years, working for my father and uncle in the family’s construction business.
I graduated from Aquinas Institute High School and St. John Fisher College (both located in Rochester) and received my master’s degree in Liberal Studies from State University of New York (SUNY) Empire State College.
My love of storytelling found an outlet when I first attended the SUNY Brockport Summer Writers Forum in 1982. There I met Brockport author Nancy Kress, who served as faculty lead for the science fiction and fantasy program, and we became lifelong friends. I returned to the Summer Forum as a student for several years after that, studying with some of my favorite authors, including Gene Wolf, Karen Joy Fowler, James Patrick Kelly, and John Kessel.
The 80s brought various jobs and some twists and turns in my life until I joined Rochester’s non-profit literary center Writers & Books as a creative writing instructor in the 90s, where I eventually became the organization’s director of education and programming.
After leaving Writers & Books, my long-time friend Daniel A. Plumeau (1959-2016) and I owned an independent bookstore for a while, then I joined the writing team at Paychex, Inc., a Fortune 500 payroll and HR management company centered in Rochester.
For a time after that (nearly ten years), I lived in the beautiful city of St. Petersburg, Florida, working for a subsidiary of Paychex, before returning home to Rochester in 2020. I now work for Paylocity and live among my family and friends again, just a few miles from the hospital in which I was born.
Valley of Day-Glo (2008)
Giovanni’s Tree: New Italian Folktales (2023): Bordighera Press
Day One Second Coming (1987)
Nyurg Bit (1989)
Red Poppy (1991)
The Power of Love (1991)
Forty at the Kiosk (1992)
Extreme Feminism (1993)
Just Do It (1994)
Would He Do Woody? (1994)
The Enemies of Nickel City (1994)
Giving Head (1994)
Unto the Valley of Day-Glo (1994)
Black Hole (1995)
Dao De Qing by Lao Tzu (1996)
The Soldier and His Dead Companion (1997) Crime Through Time
Mission 51-L (1997)
Fat Cat on a Hat (1998)
Movin’ On (1999)
The Color of God’s Mistress (1999)
8-3-oh (2001) Death Dines at 8:30
The One-Half Boy (2002)
Zolo and the Jelly Ship (2003)
Sweaters (2003): Sudden Stories: The Mammoth Book of Miniscule Fiction (Mammoth Books): Reprinted: New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction, (W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2018)
Where the Wildflowers Bloom (2004): Death Dines In (Berkley Books)
The Academy of Humanity (2006)
Top 10 Headlines, Rochester, NY, 2034 (2009): 2034: Writing Rochester’s Futures
Giovanni’s Tree (2017)
The Sweater (2017)
Of Love and Olives (2018)
Bella and the Blessed Stone (2019)
The Sin-Eaters (2019)
Before Blindness (2019)
Sky and the Wheelchair (2019)
La Regina Ratto (2020)
Coffee and Donuts (Fall 2021) Ovunque Siamo
Animale Dei Morti (2022)
Ciccio and the Wood Sprite (2022) forthcoming
The Goodbye Bar and Grill (2002): Short play performed at Geva Theater, Next Stage
Taboo (2005): Short play performed at Geva Theater, Next Stage
Nightfall (1990): Book Review: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Best in Science Fiction (1990): Book review: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
The End of the Earth (1991): Book review: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Introduction: Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge (1994): Book introduction
Surrealistic Fudge (1996): Essay/recipe: Serve It Forth: Cooking with Anne McCaffery
Introduction (Magic Feathers: The Mike & Nick Show) (2000): Book and story introduction
Death Dines at 8:30: Book introduction
Just Ask the Dust (2007): Book review: Philosophy Now, Issue 62
Soon I will be Invincible (2009): Book review: Philosophy Now, Issue 73
Revolutionary Road (2009) Book review: Philosophy Now, Issue 75
Robert J. Sawyer (2010): Author interview: Philosophy Now, Issue 80
Not So Strange Bedfellows (2011): Essay: Philosophy Now, Issue 85
Introduction: A Little Knowledge by Mike Resnick (2012): Story introduction
Science Fiction Awards Database
List of award nominations and mentions available on the SFADB.