Thomas Israel Hopkins
  • Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing


  • MFA, creative writing, fiction; New York University; 2005
  • AB, cum laude, English, Harvard University, 1993


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, Tablet, and Poets & Writers, as well as a number of alumni magazines and other university publications.

I’ve taught writing to high school students at Sarah Lawrence College, graduate students at Columbia University’s creative writing program, working adults at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, and undergraduates at New York University, Smith College, and Yale University.

Among other honors, I’ve been a finalist for the Calvino Prize, the Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction, and Southeast Review’s World’s Best Short-Short Story Contest. 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.

As a musician and actor, I’ve busked in the French Quarter, opened for Patti Smith and Sleepy LaBeef. I have performed in basements, coffeeshops, abandoned warehouses, and bars from Northampton to Oregon, San Francisco to Chapel Hill, and one legitimate theater in Moscow.

As a writer and editor, I’m interested in chapbooks and small presses, formal experimentation, and hoaxes and false documents. My limited-edition, self-published book the Year of Living Autobiographically was an Oulipean experiment in social media, self-publishing, and the gift economy.

  • 2015: “This Is a Test of the System,” The Massachusetts Review v. 56 #1
  • 2014: “The Mohel Mulligan,” the Chicago Tribune’s Printers Row Journal
  • 2013: “The Way the Water All Agrees on a River” and “An Obstacle to Empathy,” BOMB Magazine #124
  • 2012: “Our Libretto Conundrum,” “The Songs Our Local Birds Always Sing,” and “Catching the Rollers,” the Cincinnati Review #8.2
  • 2011: “What I Remember of My Love Affair with the Bird,” Fence #8.2
  • 2010: “Elephants of the Platte,” Lady Churchill’s Rosebud Wristlet #25
  • 2009: “The Man in the Moon Is a Lawyer,” Indiana Review #31.2


  • Thomas Hopkins' Fiction Slated for Publication

    October 6, 2019

    Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Thomas Hopkins' chapbook collection of short fiction, What I Remember of My Love Affair with the Bird and Other Stories, will be published in September 2020 by The Cupboard Pamphlet, a small press based in Denver and Cleveland.