graduated from Fairfield University, and spent 1978-80 with the Peace Corps in Chile. He received an M.A. in English/creative writing from the University of California at Davis and a Ph.D. from the University of Utah, and is currently a Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University.
His first novel, The Road to the Island, is set in Connecticut; another novel, In the City of the Disappeared, takes place in Chile during the Pinochet dictatorship. A young adult novel, Last Chance for First, will be published in 2005. Among more than thirty published stories, "Carnivores" won the Snake Nation Review Fiction Competition, "Vaporware" and "Headless Angel” were finalists in the Sun Dog World's Best Short Short Story Competition, and "All She Wrote" and “Purchase Virgins” were nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He has received the Bruce P. Rossley Award for New England Writers, and has been a Bread Loaf Scholar at the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference.
A former co-editor of Quarterly West magazine, Hazuka has also co-edited two popular short story anthologies: A Celestial Omnibus: Short Fiction on Faith (Beacon Press, 1997), and Flash Fiction (W.W. Norton, 1992).