Robert Rodi has written fiction, nonfiction, criticism, plays and comic books. His newest effort, Seven Seasons in Siena: My Quixotic Quest for Acceptance Among Tuscany’s Proudest People, was released in June by Ballantine Books. He has also just released a new novel — a Hitchcock-for-the-YouTube-age thriller entitled The Sugarman Bootlegs — exclusively as an e-book. He has published seven other novels, including Fag Hag and When You Were Me, and the nonfiction book Dogged Pursuit: My Year of Competing Dusty, the World’s Least Likely Agility Dog. His short fiction can be found in a number of anthologies, including Men On Men 5, His and Sandman: Book of Dreams. His literary criticism has appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, NewCity and The Harvard Gay and Lesbian Review. He blogs about the Chicago performing arts scene for The Huffington Post and writes a “guerilla lit-crit” blog on Jane Austen, Bitch In a Bonnet. He was a founding member of the Chicago-based performance art troupe The Pansy Kings, who were active throughout the 1990s, and he wrote sketches for the Live Bait Theater. Recently, he became an auxiliary member of the monologuist ensemble BoyGirlBoyGirl. He is also the front man for the fusion rock band 7th Kind.