About Thomas

headshot with stone laurel leaves in backgroundThomas Dodson is a writer, librarian, and web developer living in Iowa City. His fiction has appeared in Gulf Coast, Consequence Magazine, Chicago Quarterly Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, and elsewhere. He is the  recipient of an Iowa Arts Fellowship and has been a finalist for the Glimmer Train Award for New Writers and the Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story. He studies fiction at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop.

Founding editor of the journal Printer’s Devil Review, Thomas served as its editor and designer for five years. He was also the executive editor of the Best Indie Lit New England series.

Thomas grew up in a small town in northeast Missouri, where he spent most of his time reading comic books, playing Dungeons and Dragons, and learning martial arts from a badass farmer. He studied poetry and Asian art in college, then got a graduate degree in comparative cultural studies, and then another in something called “library science.”

He has set up tutoring programs in New Orleans, studied in China, taught courses on critical theory and popular culture, hosted a podcast, designed websites for the Harvard Library and Boston University, and been an advocate for open access to scholarly literature.

Don’t even get him started about typography, philosophy, or the works of Denis Johnson.