Thomas M. Atkinson is a playwright and author. He is currently the Ohio Arts Council/Fine Arts Work Center Creative Writing Resident in Provincetown, MA. His full-length plays include, Clear Liquor & Coal Black Nights, Copperheads, D’s Tire Towne, and the one-woman show, Cuttings. His short plays include, The Circle of Mystery, Battling the Ghost of Max Schmeling, and Dancing Turtle.
“Grimace in the Burnt Black Hills,” the closing story in his unpublished Standing Deadwood collection, appeared in The Sun magazine, has received two Pushcart Prize nominations, won an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2012/2013, and is being taught in English 11 & 12 AP classes in San Diego. His story “Red, White & Blue” was a finalist for this year’s Danahy Fiction Prize. His fiction has appeared in The Sun, North American Review, Indiana Review, The Moon, Electron Magazine, Clifton and CityBeat.
He has won numerous honors and awards for both fiction and drama, including four Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Awards. His first novel, Strobe Life, is currently available for Kindle on Amazon, and he has just completed his second novel, TIKI MAN. He lives in southwest Ohio with his wife and two sons.