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Fiction Writer, Poet
Baton Rouge, LA
Randolph Thomas is the author of two prize-winning books: Dispensations, a short story collection and winner of the 2014 Many Voices Project Award from New Rivers Press, won a Bronze Medal in the national short fiction category of the Independent Publishing Awards (IPPY), and was named a finalist for Forward Reviews' INDIEFAB Book of the Year. The Deepest Rooms, a collection of poetry and winner of the Gerald Cable Award, was published by Silverfish Review Press in 2015. His short stories have appeared in Glimmer Train Stories, The Hudson Review, Blue Mesa Review, The Florida Review, Southwest Review, Harpur Palate, Arts and Letters, Washington Square Review, and many others journals. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Quarterly West, The Greensboro Review, Seneca Review, Witness, Puerto Del Sol, and many others. He has won the Glimmer Train Stories Family Matters Award, the John Gardner Memorial Award, and The Florida Review Editors Prize for fiction, and received artist grants from the Arkansas Arts Council and the Louisiana Division for the Arts for his poetry. Also a singer/songwriter/guitarist, he has performed solo and in rock and roll and folk bands and was a founding member of Flatbed Honeymoon. A native of southwest Virginia, Randolph Thomas attended Radford University and the University of Arkansas, where he earned an MFA in Creative Writing. He currently lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and teaches at Louisiana State University.
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
A child of cities, born of Hungarian-American parents on the east coast, I grew up as an adult on the west coast, and now getting southern exposure in Louisiana. I’m grateful for public institutions where I became conversant with culture. I’ve worked as a breakfast cook, secretary, journalist, writing consultant, technical writer, and web content manager occupying a front row seat at the development of the computer industry. Technical writing has taught me accuracy, editing, and interviewing skills. Working as a Web Content Manager honed my ability to work collaboratively. I'm interested in the conflagration of language and technology and enjoy exploring newer forms of prose poetry. I like stories about real people. The word has always been my first love.