Joe De Quattro

Fiction Writer in California

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“Following Calvino”, a new short story written in 2023, will be published in the Summer 2024 issue of Italian Americana, a peer-reviewed journal founded in 1974 and published at Loyola University, Chicago.

Set on the banks of the Charles River in Boston, MA, “Following Calvino” is largely a dialogue between a young literary artist and the great writer Italo Calvino utilizing the five lectures or memos Calvino was meant to deliver at Harvard, fall 1985. The story brings in elements of cultural and sexual identity, the creative process, ChatGPT and the AI/Tech takeover, as well as hints of WW III.

Joe De Quattro is an American fiction writer. His short stories have been published in a number of literary magazines including Bayou Magazine, Beloit Fiction Journal, The Carolina Quarterly, The Los Angeles Review, Adelaide Literary Magazine, Mystery Tribune, The Writing Disorder, Five2One Magazine, Pennsylvania Literary Journal, Turnrow and Carve. His first fiction publication, "Angus in Extremis", was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and his most recent, "The Thief of Oakland Hills", which appeared in Bayou Magazine, Fall 2022, was nominated for The Best American Short Stories, 2023. He has an MFA in Fiction from Bennington College.

  • Education
    • BA, MFA