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Ralph Lombreglia
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    Ralph Lombreglia (lombreglia@bigfoot.com) is a writer who lives and thinks in a creative zone where old and new media intersect. An author of "traditional" fiction and essays and a frequent contributor to The Atlantic Monthly, he has also done pioneering work in literary multimedia publishing as co-producer of the acclaimed CD-ROM "A Jack Kerouac ROMnibus" (Penguin Electronic, 1995). A true believer in the importance and the universality of old-fashioned storytelling, he is also exploring the possibilities of hypertextual, "non-linear" narrative. A reader who much prefers a printed page to a computer screen, he nevertheless co-publishes a Web newsletter for professional multimedia developers. In other words, he represents a new breed of literary worker at the end of the century, one comfortable with technology and hopeful about its potential benefits, yet devoted to certain cultural and aesthetic values supposedly associated with print.

    Lombreglia is the author of two short-story collections, Men Under Water (Washington Square Press, 1991) and Make Me Work (Penguin, 1995), and has been a regular contributor of short stories to The Atlantic Monthly and The New Yorker, among other magazines. His fiction has also appeared in many anthologies, including The Best American Short Stories 1987 & 1988, The Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories, American Stories II: Fiction from The Atlantic Monthly and Prize Stories 1996: The O. Henry Awards. He is a 1996 recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and is at work on a novel and a new collection of short stories. He lives in the Boston area with his wife and daughter.


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