In 2001 The Village Voice named Robert Anasi a ‘Writer on the Verge.’ His non-fiction book The Gloves: A Boxing Chronicle (North Point Press / Farrar, Strauss, Giroux) was selected for ‘best books of 2002’ by The Washington Post, Publisher’s Weekly and Sports Illustrated (Leonardo Dicaprio’s production company, Appian Way purchased a film option on The Gloves). In 1998, his play Amnesia was awarded a New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship. The play was excerpted in Best Monologues for Women: 1995 (Smith & Krauss) and has been revived several times. Anasi has also written for the New York Times, New York Observer, New York Press, Playboy, Publisher’s Weekly and other publications. He also wrote an introduction to the new edition of A.J. Liebling’s classic The Sweet Science. His most recent artist’s residency was at the MacDowell Colony in the winter of 2005. In the past few years, Anasi has traveled extensively in South America for research for a book on Gene Savoy, the man known as ‘The Real-Life Indiana Jones.’ This past summer, Anasi lived with drug dealers in Pittsburgh on assignment for Harpers. It made him very tired.