F. Richard Thomas

February 11, 2000

F. Richard Thomas

F. Richard Thomas has published two full-length collections of poetry, Frog Praises Night and Death at Camp Pahoka; six chapbooks of poetry; and a short novel, Prism: The Journal of John Fish. His poetry and fiction have appeared in many journals and anthologies. He has edited an anthology of poetry, The Landlocked Heart, and an anthology of essays entitled Americans in Denmark. Thomas' Literary Admirers of Alfred Stieglitz is a scholarly book on the relationship of poetry and fiction to photography.

He has received Michigan Council for the Arts awards for his poetry, an MSU grant to complete a work of fiction, and two Fulbright awards to Denmark. In 2004, he received the Mark Twain Award from the Society for the Study of Midwestern Literature for his poetry and fiction. He has also been editor/publisher of Centering Magazine and Years Press chapbooks of poetry between 1973 and 1990.

Thomas was born in Evansville, Indiana in 1940. He attended Purdue University, University of Minnesota, and Indiana University, where he received a Ph.D. in English. He is now a retired MSU professor and lives with his wife, Sharon, in Haslett, Michigan. They spend part of every year in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where his son and daughter own and manage the Red Mountain Cafe.

"Whether it's food, family, or travel, Dick Thomas has a different slant on the subject. His is a voice laced with love and anger, frustration and humor, the voice of a man simply trying to get home no matter where he happens to be" -Roger Pfingston, author of Something Iridescent

To view Special Collections' holdings of F. Richard Thomas's work, please click here.

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

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