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Tom Kealey

MFA, University of Massachusetts Amherst; Stegner Fellowship, Stanford University
At Stanford Since: 


Tom Kealey is the author of Thieves I’ve Known, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award. Tom is also the author of The Creative Writing MFA Handbook. His stories have appeared in Best American NonRequired, Glimmer Train, Story Quarterly, Prairie Schooner, the San Francisco Chronicle and elsewhere. His nonfiction has appeared in Poets and Writers and The Writer. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he received the Distinguished Teaching Award.

A recent story, “The Birds In Your House,” was published in the Stanford Alumni Magazine. 


A former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Fiction, Tom teaches a variety of courses at Stanford, including all levels of Fiction Writing, Science Fiction Writing, Creative Nonfiction, and Fiction Into Film. As Outreach Coordinator for the Creative Writing Program Tom manages The Four Minute Reading Series, the Levinthal Tutorials, and Residence Hall Writing Outreach. As the Writers Studio Coordinator Tom oversees the Adult Education writing courses at Stanford Continuing Studies. Tom has also taught creative writing at Google and 826 Valencia.

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