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This is the page where I tell you who I am and how I got to the internet.

I grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from La Salle University.  I received an MFA from the University of Iowa, and I'm an Assistant Professor in Temple University's First Year Writing Program. 

I live in South Jersey now, just outside of Philly. I'm married and I live with a dog who is very sweet but not very smart. 

My memoir "Bury Me in My Jersey" was published by Villard in 2010, and my short stories and essays have appeared in a number of places, including The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015, Unstuck, FiveChapters, Hobart (plus Hobart again), The CollagistSundog Lit, Black Warrior Review, Waccamaw, and elsewhere. 

My first novel, "The Young Widower's Handbook" will be published by Algonquin in February 2017. Learn more about it here.

Along with Mike Ingram, I co-host the Book Fight podcast, which started in April 2012 and posts new episodes every Monday. We try to make book discussions accessible, funny, and more interesting than a freshman lit seminar. It's fun. An iTunes reviewer says, "Listening to Tom and Mike feels like eavesdropping on the most interesting conversation at a party." In 2015, we won a Philly Geek Award for Best Streaming Media Project. 

I also work as the nonfiction editor at the literary magazine and small press Barrelhouse. We publish online issues, print issues, and books, and run a ton of different readings, conferences, and other community events. I'm lucky to be able to work with a group of talented, generous, creative, weirdos who I think of as a second family. It's probably the most rewarding part of my professional life. 

The best way to find out what I'm doing most days is to follow me on Twitter.

If you're interested in having me speak at your event, talk to your class, or participate in your writing conference, please contact me at tom (at) mcallister (dot) ws.