About Thomas

headshot with stone laurel leaves in backgroundThomas Dodson is a writer, librarian, and web developer living in Ashland, Oregon. His fiction has appeared in The Missouri Review, Gulf Coast, Consequence Magazine, Chicago Quarterly Review, Beloit Fiction Journal, and elsewhere. His story “Keeping” was awarded the 2020 Jeffrey E. Smith Editors’ Prize.

He holds graduate degrees from the Ohio State University, Kent State University, and the University of Iowa, where he was an Iowa Arts Fellow at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in fiction.

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. He has been a finalist for the wicw Fiction Fellowship, the Glimmer Train Award for New Writers, and the Hamlin Garland Award for the Short Story.

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, continental philosophy, or the works of Denis Johnson.