Tom Bissell

October 17, 2003
Tom Bissell

After graduating from MSU in 1996, Escanaba native Tom Bissell joined the Peace Corps and taught English in the former Soviet republic of Uzbekistan. When he returned stateside, he worked for several years in book publishing. Among his editorial endeavors were the restoration to print of Paula Fox's novels and the editing of her memoir, Borrowed Finery; conceiving and editing The Collected Stories of Richard Yates; and conceiving A Galaxy Not So Far Away: Writers and Artists on Twenty-five Years of Star Wars. His criticism, fiction, and journalism have appeared in Agni, The Alaska Quarterly Review, The Boston Review, BOMB, Esquire, Harper's Magazine, Men's Health, Men's Journal, and Salon.

Bissell's first book, Chasing the Sea, was published in 2003. His short-story collection, God Lives in St. Petersburg: and Other Stories, was released in January 2005. He is currently writing a travel narrative about a trip to Vietnam he took with his father, a veteran of the Vietnam War. He lives in New York City.

"Bissell shines as a raconteur, if not as an analyst, and his ebullient narrative harks back to the travel classics of the nineteenth century, when the journey was an end in itself." -The New Yorker

To view Special Collections' holdings of Tom Bissell's work, please click here.

To hear Bissell read from his own work, please visit the Vincent Voice Library, here.

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