More about Tom

Tom Kealey has taught Creative Writing at Stanford University since 2003. Before that he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford and an MFA graduate student at the University of Massachusetts. His fiction has appeared in many magazines and journals including Best American NonRequired, Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, and Prairie Schooner. An interview with The Stanford Daily explains more about Tom’s teaching and writing.

Tom’s collection of short stories, Thieves I’ve Known, won the 2012 Flannery O’Connor Award. Stories in the collection previously appeared in Best American Nonrequired, Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, Story Quarterly, and the Indiana Review. Interviews with Tom at The Rumpus, The Nervous Breakdown, and Avant explore many aspects of Thieves I’ve Known.

Tom’s book The Creative Writing MFA Handbook had a significant impact on the way students approach graduate programs. His MFA Blog is still a very popular hub for potential students, and his writings on the subject of MFAs has appeared in Poets & Writers and The Writer. An interview with Jeffrey Yamaguchi of 52 Projects explains more about the MFA Handbook.

At Stanford University, he and Adam Johnson pioneered The Graphic Novel Project, where talented artists, writers, and designers create a full-length graphic novel during the school year. An online video from Meyer Library explains more about the project.

Tom has been an enthusiastic volunteer at 826 Valencia in San Francisco for many years. 826 Valencia is dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their writing skills, and to helping teachers get their students excited about the literary arts. One of my nonfiction works “826 Valencia Days” explains more about the tutoring center, the tutors, and the kids.

One the classes Tom teaches at Stanford University is Novel Writing Intensive, also known affectionately by students as the “The NanoWrimo Class”. Along with co-teacher Scott Hutchins, Tom and 15-20 students tackle a 50,000 word novel most Novembers. One of Tom’s articles “The Dreaded Middle” helps writers get out of the novel-writing doldrums.

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