Robert Girardi was born in 1961 in the Virginia suburbs of Washington, D.C. He majored in Studio Art at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville. He was first published during his undergraduate years in the "Virginia Literary Review." After a brief stint at the Graduate Film School of the University of Southern California, he transferred to the University of Iowa where he graduated from the renowned Writer's Workshop with an M.F.A. in Fiction Writing. He also received the James Mitchener Fellowship from the university for the manuscript of an early novel. Girardi's first published novel was "Madeleine's Ghost," (1995). It was followed by two other critically acclaimed novels, "The Pirate's Daughter," (1997), and "Vaporetto 13" (1997). A collection of short stories and novellas, entitled, "A Vaudeville of Devils: Seven Moral Tales" was published in 1999. Other short stories by Girardi have appeared in "The New Republic," "The Tri-Quarterly Review," and "The Washington Post." Robert Girardi resides in Washington, D.C. His wife is the poet and novelist Linda Girardi.