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New Fiction set in Gardens
New from University of New Mexico Press! August 15, 2014.
Thomas Fox Averill, an O. Henry Award winner, is Writer-in-residence and Professor of English at Washburn University of Topeka, where he teaches courses in Creative Writing and in Kansas Literature, Folklore and Film. His publications include four novels: A Carol Dickens Christmas (University of New Mexico Press, 2014), rode (University of New Mexico Press, 2011), Secrets of the Tsil Cafe, (BlueHen/ Penguin Putnam, 2001, and reprinted by UNM Press in 2012), and The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson (BlueHen/Berkley, 2003). A collection of short stories, Ordinary Genius, was published by the University of Nebraksa Press in April 2005. He is represented by agent Alice Tasman of the Jean V. Naggar Agency. He is the 2006 recipient of the Kansas Arts Commission Fellowship in Fiction.
His short story collections are Passes at the Moon ( Woodley Press ) and Seeing Mona Naked (Watermark Press,1989). He is the editor of What Kansas Means to Me: Twentieth Century Writers on the Sunflower State (University Press of Kansas ). In the Fall of 1996, Eagle Books (Wichita) brought out his Oleander's Guide to Kansas: How You Know When You're Here.
He helped to found and was the first director of the Washburn Center for Kansas Studies, and his most recent Center project is a Map of Kansas Literature. In 2010, Averill created the Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection at Mabee Library. With the help of others, Averill created the Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection Support Fund through the Washburn University Foundation (drop down menu next to amount shows the Collection). These donations help preserve, enhance, increase and publicize the Collection.
Since its inception, Averill has been a series advisor and occasional scholar for Sunflower Journeys, produced by KTWU at Washburn University: view these segments on the Kansas Centennial and Home on the Range.
Averill is a long-time commentator in the voice of William Jennings Bryan Oleander
of Here, Kansas, for Kansas Public Radio, KANU, 91.5 FM, National
Public Radio from the University of Kansas. For a Sunflower Journeys feature done in 1996, when Oleander's Guide to Kansas was published by Eagle Books, follow this link.
Averill's interests include bagpiping and gardening (see Garden Plots above). He is married to freelance writer Jeffrey Ann Goudie and they have two children:
Eleanor Goudie-Averill and Alexander Goudie-Averill.
Photo page for publicity purposes.
Book Trailer for A Carol Dickens Christmas.
Select below to navigate to other pages:
University of Nebraska Press catalogue description
Midlin, Kansas--story enhancement (a YouTube from KTWU, with visuals of the Postcards that inspired the short story "Leaving Midlin, Kansas"
The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson
|Robert Burns Poetry
Making Haggis in Kansas, an essay
Pipe Tunes in Ewan MacPherson
Slow Air Reading at Prairie Lights
Kansas Public Radio Interview
Tsil with recipes
| Making Haggis in Kansas, an essay
Pipe Tunes by Thomas Fox Averill
This page will be constantly under construction. Each sub-page will change to keep information timely. Please re-visit at least once a month for updates on Oleander commentaries and author appearances. Thanks, Tom Averill
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