About

Thomas Dooley is the author of Trespass (Harper Perennial, 2014), selected by the National Poetry Series and hailed by Booklist as “a masterful debut.” His poetry and collaborations have appeared widely, most notably with the Academy of American Poets, Poetry Society of America, PBS NewsHour, and on National Public Radio. He has received fellowships from New York University, Starlight Foundation, Jentel Foundation, and Vermont Studio Center. Thomas is the Founding Artistic Director of Emotive Fruition, an organization dedicated to changing the way artists and audiences engage with live poetry, for which he has curated and directed over thirty live events and brought together hundreds of poets, theatre artists, and audiences. For the past decade, Thomas has worked in the field of medical humanities and has presented internationally on the intersections of illness and poetry at Mayo Clinic, Kings College London, University of Glasgow, and Columbia University. As Poet-in-Residence at Mount Sinai Hospital and New York Presbyterian Columbia University Medical Center, he has established expressive writing services for patients, caregivers, and clinical staff in addition to founding two literary journals, SURGE and Wavelength. In addition to teaching creative writing and literature to undergraduates, Thomas offers transformative writing workshops to professionals, teachers, and hospital staff.