thom is a writer, actor and educator. I Met Death & Sex Through My Friend, Tom Meuley, his next novel arrives from Guernica Editions in 2024. The winner of the 2022 Edna Staebler Personal Essay Prize, he regularly contributes scholarly work to academic conferences and publications. Most recently, he presented two talks, one on ‘Architecture’ and one on ‘Failure’, as creative writing and teaching methods at the annual conference of Association of Canadian Colleges and University Teachers of English (ACCUTE). He will present on a panel he convened at the 2023 Modern Language Association conference: Disrupting Failure: Perspectives on Literary Aesthetics, Structure, and the Collapse of Intention. Read testimonials and reviews of his first novel The Drifts (Coach House 2010).
A dedicated teacher, he seeks to help artists and others to find their unique contributions. His students write, direct, and produce film, TV, and theatre. They have placed in major international writing competitions, had their work optioned, and are forging professional writing and performance careers. More than a few have gone on to Oxford, Columbia, NYU, UCLA, Loyola, and other important film and media programs.
Currently an A.B.D. Ph.D. candidate in English-Creative Writing at the University of New Brunswick. thom is also a Vanier Doctoral Scholar, a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) award winner, a Dr. William S. Lewis Doctoral Fellow, and a Magee Doctoral Fellow. A bio is here.