Tom Whalen          



Melville’s Descent into the Maelstrom.” Essay by TW.


"A Conference on Snow" - a short film from The President in Her Towers. Video realized by Oliver Kraft, Alberto Zamora Ruiz, Oliver Feigl, Alec Barth.


"The Gypsy Problem!" -
a short film from The President in Her Towers. Video realized by Lambert Mousseka.


The Straw That Broke (a film-in-progress directed by Valentin Hennig)


Russell H. Greenan


Ellipsis Press


Gabrielle Zimmermann

Justyna Giermakowska


Oana Vainer


Nina Joanna Bergold

Esther Murphy

Michel Varisco

ABC of Reading

  Tom Whalen by Kim Graser   Whalen’s work is thickly lyrical and meditative,
interrogating the relation of language to things,
of books to life.
Review of Contemporary Fiction
Tom Whalen is "one of the first-rate
experimental writers in the New South
whose work cannot be missed."
Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook, 1989
Stuttgart, 2015 (c) Kim Graser
Girlfriends,Ghosts and Other Stories
The Straw That Broke

Girlfriends, Ghosts, and Other Stories
(New York Review Books Classics)
 Paperback – September 13, 2016


 Robert Walser (Author),
Tom Whalen (Translator, Afterword),
Nicole Kongeter (Translator),
Annette Wiesner(Translator)


The Straw That Broke

Recent books:    
The President in her Towers Dolls
The Birth

Comments on The Birth of Death and Other Comedies: The Novels of Russell H. Greenan

Russell H. Greenan is the chronicler of people living at the edge: the edge of civilization, the edge
of madness, the bitter, crumbling edges of their own lives. Tom Whalen’s study of Greenan is, like
the novels it so lovingly details, masterful, uncommon, and intensely personal.
— James Sallis

In The Birth of Death and Other Comedies Tom Whalen provides an astute, salutary dissection of
Russell H. Greenan's work, especially Greenan’s eccentric and inspired novel, It Happened in Boston?,
a paranoid faith-grope, in his chapter “What an Edifice of Artifice!" If you've never read Greenan's
odd work, reading Whalen’s book guarantees that you will. It will make you a fan of both writers.
What a masterfice!
— Derek Pell

Kafka's Campus
by Gave Durham
a review of
The President
in Her Towers

The President
in Her Towers:
a report by
Tom Whalen
a review by
David Rose

From Caketrain Press:
Dolls: Prose Poems
Other titles:  
Elongated Figures Winter Coat Roithamers Universe Camels Back
Newcomers Guide
Tom Whalen's books include Winter Coat (Red Dust, 1998), A Newcomer's Guide to the Afterlife (with Daniel Quinn, Bantam Books, 1997), Roithamer's Universe
(Portals Press, 1996), The Camel's Back (with Michael Presti, Portals Press, 1993), Elongated Figures (Red Dust, 1991), The Eustachia Stories (Velocities Press,
1986). Several chapbooks have appeared with Obscure Publications.
Sentence 10 Guest Editor of the Sentence Feature: "Foreign Influences" for the final issue (number 10) of Sentence: a Journal of Prose Poetics. 
Brief Encounters Short stories anthologized in Sudden Fiction; That's What I Like About the South: New Southern Stories for the Nineties; Elvis in Oz; A Good Man: Fathers and Sons in Poetry and Prose; Mondo Marilyn; The Book of Eros; Brief Encounters; The Student Body; Alice Redux and elsewhere.
Great American Prose Poems Prose poems anthologized in The Great American Prose Poem: From Poe to the Present; An Introduction to the Prose Poem; The Anatomy of Water: A Sampling of Contemporary American Prose Poetry; The Best of the Prose Poem; The Party Train: A Collection of North American Prose Poetry.
Agni Short stories published in AGNI, American Letters & Commentary, Chicago Review, Coe Review, Fiction International, Florida Review, Green
Mountains Review
, Hayden's Ferry Review, The Hopkins Review, Hotel Amerika, The Idaho Review, The Iowa Review, The Literary Review, Marginalia, Michigan Quarterly Review, Mississippi Review, Natural Bridge, The Nebraska Review, New Ohio Review, Ninth Letter, North American Review, Northwest Review, Ploughshares, The Quarterly, Quarterly West, Sonora Review, Southern California Review, Texas Review, Witness, and other journals.
Selected Stories Criticism (on Lewis Carroll, Edgar Lee Masters, Joseph Conrad, Robert Walser, Franz Kafka, Vladimir Nabokov, Wallace Stevens, Doris Lessing, Donald Barthelme, George Garrett, Stephen Becker, Russell H. Greenan, Espido Freire, Buster Keaton, Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut, Wim Wenders, Francis Ford Coppola, Terrence Malick, Tom Tykwer, John Carpenter), poetry, personal essays, and collaborative translations have appeared in Bookforum, Chelsea, Connecticut Review, Critique, Essays in Literature, Film Quarterly, The Georgia Review, The Hollins Critic, Literature/Film Quarterly, New Orleans Review, The Missouri Review, The Paris Review, The Seattle Review, The Southern Review, Studies in Short Fiction, The Wallace Stevens Journal.
    Translations of stories by Robert Walser in Selected Stories (FSG), Masquerade and Other Stories (Johns Hopkins University Press), and
A Little Ramble: In the Spirit of Robert Walser (New Directions). Co-editor of the Robert Walser Number of The Review of Contemporary Fiction.

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