From the Fishouse
Jeffrey Thomson is the author of four books of poems, including Birdwatching in Wartime (Carnegie Mellon 2009) and Renovation (Carnegie Mellon 2005). Also forthcoming is a an anthology of emerging poets: From the Fishouse: An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great co-edited with Camille Dungy and Matt O’Donnell (Persea Books, 2009).
His awards include a 2005 Literature Fellowship in Poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, a 2006 Creative Artists Fellowship in Literature from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the 2008 Felllowship in the Literary Arts from the Maine Arts Commission, as well as fellowships from the Wesleyan Writers Conference, the Sewanee Writers Conference and Writers @ Work.
He has published recent poetry and nonfiction in Quarterly West, Isotope, Indiana Review, Sycamore Review, Brilliant Corners, Gulf Coast, and Willow Springs, as well as critical essays on Sandra Cisneros, James Wright, Derek Walcott and the environmental elegy. Currently an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Maine at Farmington he received his Ph.D. in Creative Writing from the University of Missouri in 1996.
He was born in Ames, Iowa, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, and Madison, Wisconsin. He has worked as a bartender, a chef, house painter, ski bum, web designer, and freelance graphic designer before becoming a professor.
He currently lives in Farmington, Maine, with his wife and son, where he plays basketball, runs (he ran his first marathon last year) and is currently training for a triathalon.