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Outstanding Western

Novel of 2011

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Finalist: Spur Award, Western Writers of America


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This is a picture of Thomas Fox Averill Thomas Fox Averill  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 three novels: 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.

An O. Henry Award winner, his previous 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:  This is the cover 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.  Passes at the Moon is out of print.  Seeing Mona Naked and Oleander's Guide to Kansas are available only from the author.

He is also the author of numerous articles, poems, and short stories (in New  Letters, Cimarron Review, Chariton Review, North American Review and Doubletake, and others), and is a frequent speaker on Kansas Culture.

He helped to found and was the first director of the Washburn Center for Kansas Studies.  He has edited several books for Woodley Press and the Center for Kansas Studies, most recently Speaking French in Kansas, by Robert Day, and The Loose Change of Wonder, poems by Steven Hind (designated a Kansas Notable Book for 2007 by the Kansas Center for the Book). His most recent Center project is a Map of Kansas Literature. In 2009, Averill began the process of creating the Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection at Mabee Library. Dedicated in 2010, the collection consists of novels, plays, collections of poetry and fiction, histories, biographies, memoirs, letters, scholarly articles, collected folklore, manuscripts and ephemera gathered over 40+ years of an abiding interest in all things Kansas.  The Collection also contains materials pertinent to Averill's own career as a writer—manuscripts, correspondence, publicity materials, notes, etc.—and to his 30+ years at Washburn University.  The Collection includes substantial materials from Wichita poet Irma Wassall. 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. Follow these links to view the 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.  His Oleander play, Abide With Me, won the first Great Plains Play Competition, and was produced by the University of Kansas Theatre as the final play of the 1996-97 Season.  His commentaries were published bi-weekly in the Topeka Metro News until 2009. 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. 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.

Select  below to navigate to other pages:

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Endorsements

Tour: Readings, Signings and other Appearances

Interview

Links: Reviews, interviews and other press

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University of Nebraska Press catalogue description

Table of Contents (wth previous publication of stories)

Reading/Signing Schedule

Reviews of Ordinary Genius

Kansas Public Radio interview with Laura Lorson

Ordinary Genius Reading at Prairie Lights Bookstore, Iowa City, Iowa

Kansas Notable Book, 2006

Midlin, Kansas--story enhancement (a YouTube from KTWU, with visuals of the Postcards that inspired the short story "Leaving Midlin, Kansas"

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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

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Tsil with recipes

Reader's Guides

E-mail interviews with author

KANU radio interview with author

Tsil Cafe Reading at Prairie Lights

Food essay for my mother: "Last Suppers," about family foods and their importance at the end of life, published in Oklahoma Humanities, Fall 2011.

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Oleander Commentaries

The Quotable Oleander

Oleander Archives (February 2002-February 2005)

Current Commentaries

Listen to Oleander's first tape, Oleander's Kansas.

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Bagpipe
 Making Haggis in Kansas, an essay
 
  Pipe Tunes by Thomas Fox Averill

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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

Question or comments should be addressed to:
Tom Averill
English Department
Washburn University
Topeka, Kansas 66621
785.670.1448 (office)
tom.averill@washburn.edu


























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