Hello, my name is Thomas Israel Hopkins (but you can call me Tom—it’s both my Hebrew name and my nickname). I’m a writer, editor, and teacher.

About This Site

This is my personal website. It mostly contains very, very occasional news about things I’ve published, photographs of places I’ve been, and blog posts from the ancient times.

All views are my own, not my employer’s. And given how long I’ve had this site, any views or opinions expressed here might not be my own anymore, either, to be honest.

A Complete List of Publication Credits

is on my bibliography page (h/t Kelly Link and Benjamin Rosenbaum, whose work I admire greatly).

My One-Paragraph First-Person Writer Bio

My first chapbook, What I Remember of My Love Affair with the Bird and Other Stories, was  published by The Cupboard Pamphlet in 2020. 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, the Los Angeles Times, Tablet, and Poets & Writers. I’ve taught writing at New York University, Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University’s graduate creative writing program, the Gotham Writers’ Workshop, Smith College, and Yale University; currently, I’m visiting faculty at Oberlin College. I’ve been a finalist for the Calvino Prize and the Barry Hannah Prize in Fiction, 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.

A Note, with Lots of Colons, About the first book of what I’m now calling The Years of Living Autobiographically trilogy

Written: 15 October 2011 – 14 October 2012. 150 copies printed by the Country Press in Lakeville, Massachusetts in March 2013. Blog posts about it so far, from which you can get the skinny (in chronological order): here, here, here, and here. Hoping that it could reach a wider readership than 150 copies: yes. Looking for an agent to help make that happen: yes.

A Note About Being Jewish

I became a Jew in June 2007. I decided to change my middle name to Israel in June 2008. Someday, maybe, I’ll write more at length about both of these things for a while, either on this site or elsewhere. The best I’ve done so far has been in an essay called “Memorial Day,” which ran in Tablet in November 2011, and in The Year of Living Autobiographically.

A Note About the Cabaret Twang


I used to play guitar and take the high harmony in Gloria Deluxe, my sister Cynthia’s band. I played a lot of live shows from 1999 until about 2001; you can hear my playing and singing on the first few albums.

The picture above is Gloria Deluxe playing at MASS MoCA in 2000, opening for Patti Smith. That was an awesome day.

About Copyright

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