The Spectral University:
"You're a Smart Kid."
|Whalen’s work is thickly lyrical and
interrogating the relation of language to things,
of books to life.
—Review of Contemporary Fiction
|Tom Whalen is "one of the
experimental writers in the New South
whose work cannot be missed."
—Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook, 1989
|Dublin, 2004 © Annette Wiesner|
|Tom Whalen's books include Winter Coat (Red Dust, 1998), A
Newcomer's Guide to the Afterlife (with Daniel Quinn, Bantam Books, 1997), Roithamer's
(Portals Press, 1996), The Camel's Back (with Michael Presti, Portals Press, 1993), Elongated Figures (Red Dust, 1991), The Eustachia Stories (Velocities Press,
1986). Several chapbooks have appeared with Obscure Publications.
|Short stories anthologized in Sudden
What I Like About the South: New Southern Stories for the Nineties; Elvis in Oz; A Good Man:
Fathers and Sons in Poetry and Prose; Mondo Marilyn; The Book of Eros; Brief Encounters; The Student Body; Alice Redux and elsewhere.
|Prose poems anthologized in The Great American Prose
Poem: From Poe to the Present; An Introduction to the Prose Poem; The Anatomy of Water:
A Sampling of Contemporary American Prose Poetry; The Best of the Prose Poem; The Party Train: A Collection of North American Prose Poetry.
stories published in AGNI, American Letters &
Review, Coe Review, Fiction
Mountains Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Hopkins Review, Hotel Amerika, The Idaho Review, The Iowa Review, The Literary Review, Marginalia, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, Natural Bridge, The Nebraska Review, New Ohio Review, Ninth Letter, North American Review,
Northwest Review, Ploughshares, The Quarterly, Quarterly West, Sonora Review, Southern California Review, Texas Review, Witness, and other journals.
|Criticism (on Lewis
Carroll, Edgar Lee Masters, Joseph Conrad, Robert Walser, Franz Kafka, Vladimir Nabokov, Wallace
Stevens, Doris Lessing, Donald Barthelme, George Garrett, Stephen Becker,
Russell H. Greenan, Espido Freire, Buster Keaton, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Wim Wenders,
Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, Tom Tykwer, John Carpenter), poetry, personal essays, and collaborative translations have appeared
in Bookforum, Chelsea, Connecticut Review, Critique, Essays in Literature, Film Quarterly, The Georgia Review, The Hollins Critic, Literature/Film Quarterly, New Orleans Review, The Missouri Review, The Paris Review, The Seattle Review, The Southern Review, Studies in Short Fiction, The Wallace Stevens Journal.
|Collaborative translations of stories by Robert Walser in Selected Stories (New York Review Books) and Masquerade and Other Stories (Johns Hopkins University Press). Co-editor of the Robert Walser Number of The Review of Contemporary Fiction.|