Tom C. Hunley’s Page
In addition to being the director of Steel Toe Books, Tom is also an Associate Professor of English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. You can find out more about his professorial existence by viewing his vita and his new university page.
Tom is also a prolific writer who both writes poetry books and books about how poetry writing should be taught. Below, see a list of his published books, most of which are available for order:
The Poetry Gymnasium (McFarland 2012) is Tom's latest full-length book, a textbook which gives student tested examples of writing assignments.
Annoyed Grunt (Imaginary Friends Press 2012) is Tom's newest chapbook, with poems written in the voices of The Simpsons characters.
Greatest Hits (Pudding House 2010): contact Tom to order a copy for $8.
Octopus (Logan House Press 2008) won the Holland Prize. It was reviewed by Michael Meyerhofer in Rattle, in the Texas Review, in the Bowling Green Daily News, and in The Broken Plate. You can read another online review of Octopus by Sherry Chandler in a blog posting.
Teaching Poetry Writing: A Five-Canon Approach (Multilingual Matters LTD 2007) is part of the New Writing Viewpoints series. It received a number of favorable reviews including in: College English and Columbia University’s Teacher’s College Record. It was also reviewed in smaller forums as follows: (Re:)Arranging Poetry Writing Classes by Michael Theune, Bits of Wisdom from Heather Hoffman, and Reading for Writers by B.P. Bucak.
My Life As a Minor Character (Pecan Grove Press 2005) won a national chapbook prize.
The Tongue (Wind Publications 2004)
Still, There’s a Glimmer (WordTech Editions 2004)
Newspring (Linear Arts Books 1998)
Losing My Luggage (Poetry Around Press 1994)
Tom's Poems in Journals
Tom also has numerous poems published in journals. To date, approximately 300 have been published in journals such as TriQuarterly, North American Review, New Orleans Review, Poetry East, New York Quarterly, The Writer, and Connecticut Review. Here is a small sampling of Tom's poems that you can find online:
Interviews and Features
Tom has been interviewed about his poetry and press by
Katerina Stoykova-Klemer on WRFL (University of Kentucky Radio Station)
Jeff Newberry in Story South wrote a feature based upon an interview with Tom.
Book Reviews by Tom
Tom is Poemeleon's book review editor and has penned reviews on books such as
Making it Up by Allen Ginsberg and Kenneth Koch
Manthology edited by Craig Crist-Evans, Kate Fetherstone, and Roger Weingarten.
Podcasts of Tom's Poems
You can hear podcasts of Garrison Keillor reading Tom's poems on The Writer’s Almanac and audio of Tom's February 26, 2011 poetry reading at Seattle’s Bookworm Exchange. You can also hear his October 30, 2010 Meacham reading, scroll down to the bottom of the page.
Tom has been married to the same lovely lady, Ralaina, since 1996. They have three handsome sons that all look like mini versions of Tom. Tom's other loves, besides his family and poetry, are his three bass guitars.
Some Other Dudes (And One Lady) Named Tom Hunley
Tom Hunleys come in all stripes and include: an ex-slave, a track and field athlete, a fisherman, an accused but acquitted individual, a towing company owner, and a civil war drummer boy who turned out to be female. Do you know another interesting Tom Hunley?