About Thomas

headshot with stone laurel leaves in backgroundThomas Dodson is a writer, librarian, and front-end web developer. A Pushcart Prize nominee, finalist for the Glimmer Train Award for New Writers, and recipient of the Iowa Arts Fellowship, his short stories have been published in Gulf Coast, Consequence Magazine, Chicago Quarterly Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, and elsewhere.

He founded the journal Printer’s Devil Review in 2010 and served as its editor and designer for five years. He was also the executive editor of the Best Indie Lit New England series. Currently a resident of Somerville, Massachusetts, Thomas will be leaving New England in the fall to attend the Iowa Writer’s Workshop.

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.”

Thomas has set up tutoring programs in reading, studied in China, taught courses on critical theory and popular culture, hosted a podcast, designed websites for the Harvard Library, 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.