Hello, my name is Thomas Israel Hopkins (but you can call me Tom—it’s both my Hebrew name and my nickname).
I’m a writer.
This is my personal website. It mostly features very, very occasional news about things I’ve published or upcoming readings, photographs of places I’ve been, blog posts from the ancient times, and a few cute-kid videos.
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A Complete List of Publication Credits
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My One-Paragraph First-Person Writer Bio
My short fiction has been published in The Massachusetts Review, Fence, Cincinnati Review, Indiana Review, One Story, and about two dozen other publications. I have also written for Bookforum, the Los Angeles Times, Tablet, and Poets & Writers. I’ve taught writing at New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University’s graduate creative writing program, the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Smith College, and Yale University. Among other honors, I’ve been a finalist for the Calvino Prize, I was runner-up in the 2012 Mary McCarthy Prize in Short Fiction, and I’ve held residencies at the Albee Foundation and the Ucross Foundation.
A Note, with Lots of Colons, About The Year of Living Autobiographically
Written: 15 October 2011 – 14 October 2012. 150 copies printed by the Country Press in Lakeville, Massachusetts in March 2013. Blog posts about it so far, from which you can get the skinny (in chronological order): here, here, here, and here. Hoping that it could reach a wider readership than 150 copies: yes. Looking for an agent to help make that happen: yes.
Some Interviews and Conversations
“The L Magazine Questionnaire for Writer Types: Tom Hopkins,” interview with Mark Asch, published 26 April 2011
“The Writing Dare, Part One,” first part of a two-part conversation with novelist Jessica Anthony, guest blogger for the Powell’s Books Blog, posted 19 August 2009
“The Writing Dare, Part Two: The Importance of Play,” published 20 August 2009
Author Q&A, One Story Web site, published May 2006
The Hopkins-Barton Family
A Note About Being Jewish
I became a Jew in June 2007. I decided to change my middle name to Israel in June 2008. Someday, maybe, I’ll write more at length about both of these things for a while, either on this site or elsewhere. The best I’ve done so far has been in an essay called “Memorial Day,” which ran in Tablet in November 2011, and in The Year of Living Autobiographically.
A Note About the Cabaret Twang
I used to play guitar and take the high harmony in Gloria Deluxe, my sister Cynthia’s band. I played a lot of live shows from 1999 until about 2001; you can hear my playing and singing on the first few albums.
The picture above is Gloria Deluxe playing at MASS MoCA in 2000, opening for Patti Smith. That was an awesome day.
About This Site
This is a personal Web site that has gone through a number of incarnations since I registered the domain name in March 2000. It started out as an experimental mix of journal, portfolio, and business card. Since 2001 or so it’s been a somewhat sporadic blog; since 2007, I’ve built and maintained it with WordPress.
Unless otherwise noted (such as in quotes which, to the best of my understanding, are all in compliance with fair use), all the content on this site is copyrighted. Although I’m a great admirer of Creative Commons licenses, all rights here are reserved.