This is the page where I tell you who I am and how I got to the internet.
I'm the author of three books:
- My first novel, "The Young Widower's Handbook" was published by Algonquin in February 2017. Publisher's Weekly called it "a remarkable debut." Learn more about it here.
- My second novel, "How to Be Safe" is forthcoming in 2018 from Liveright Publishing. More details here
- My memoir "Bury Me in My Jersey" was published by Villard in 2010. It's still available as an e-book.
My short stories and essays have been published widely, and my short story "Things You're Not Proud of" was included in The Best American Nonrequired Reading 2015. Here is a (probably incomplete) list of things I've written online:
- Dollar Dog Day (fiction)
- Trade Deadline (fiction)
- Eight Scenes from the Life of a Professional Raven (fiction)
- Acknowledgments (non-fiction)
- Halloween Glossary D-H (non-fiction)
- On the Way to the Killing Spree, The Shooter Stops for Pizza (fiction)
- Podcasts and Literary Criticism (non-fiction)
- The Least Authentic of All Experiences (non-fiction)
- See You in A While (non-fiction)
- What it Feels Like (fiction)
- Hyperbolic Preening: The Desperate Lives of Sports Mascots (non-fiction)
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. This is what they look like when they're dancing to music played by a minion pinata, which they named after me.
I grew up in Philadelphia and graduated from La Salle University in 2004. I received an MFA from the University of Iowa, and I'm an Associate 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.
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.