Thomas Fox Averill

Thomas Fox Averill

is an O. Henry Award winner and Professor Emeritus of English at Washburn University of Topeka, where for 37 years he taught courses in Creative Writing and in Kansas Literature, Folklore and Film. His books are:


Passes at The Moon (short stories), Woodley Press, Topeka, 1985.

Seeing Mona Naked (short stories) Watermark Press, Wichita, 1989.

Byron Caldwell Smith Award, Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas.

What Kansas Means to Me: Twentieth Century Writers on the Sunflower State
(editor, with introduction and headnotes) University Press of Kansas, Lawrence, 1990.

Oleander's Guide to Kansas: How You Know When You're Here (collection of commentaries), Eagle Books, Wichita, 1996.

Secrets of The Tsil Café (novel), BlueHen Books/ Penguin Putnam, 2001

Finalist in Literary Food Writing, Cookbook Awards, International Association of Culinary Professionals, 2002.

The Slow Air of Ewan MacPherson
(novel), BlueHen/Berkley, 2003

Ordinary Genius (stories), Flyover Fiction Series, University of Nebraska Press 2005

Kansas Notable Book

rode(novel), University of New Mexico Press, 2011
Named Best Western Novel of 2011 by the Western Heritage and Cowboy Museum, Oklahoma City, OK.
Spur Award finalist, Western Writers of America.

Kansas Notable Book

Finalist, Historical Novel, Arizona/New Mexico Book Awards

A Carol Dickens Christmas (novel), University of New Mexico Press, 2014.

Byron Caldwell Smith Award, Hall Center for the Humanities at the University of Kansas.

Found Documents From the Life of Nell Johnson Doerr: A Novel, University of New Mexico Press, 2018


After collecting Kansas books, manuscripts, letters and other ephemera, for 40+ years, Tom donated his materials to Washburn University's Mabee Library, where it now makes up the Thomas Fox Averill Kansas Studies Collection.


Tom and his students have spent years compiling a website, Map of Kansas Literature, as a resource for anyone interested in Kansas Writers.


Find the books of Thomas Fox Averill at the following places:

Thomas Fox Averill author page on Amazon

What Kansas Means to Me:  Twentieth-Century Writers on the Sunflower State

Thomas Fox Averill on the University of New Mexico Press website

Thomas Fox Averill on Dzanc Books site

Thomas Fox Averill presenting at
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