Tom Whalen          




"Streets" and "Feb. 2, 1942" Mad Hat Lit (2015)

"The Man on the Plane" Cafe Irreal #52 (2014)

Five Membranes - 
Animations and Experimental Films

With a Catalogue Text
by Tom Whalen
7.2.2015 - 11.4.2015
Opening: 7.2.2015, 7 p.m
Galerie Burster 
Kurfürstendamm 213
10707 Berlin
Galerie Burster

The Spectral University:
A Memoir of the Late Sixties.

Obscure Publications, 2005.

"You're a Smart Kid."
Figure it Out': Robert
Harmon's The Hitcher

College Hill Review
(No. 2, Spring 2009).

The Exam
(The Brooklyn Rail, 2013)

"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.


ABC of Reading



Sentence: A Journal of Prose Poetics


Russell H. Greenan


Flatland the Film


Ellipsis Press




Gabrielle Zimmermann


The Assassination
of Spiro Agnew
A Novel by Steven Janiszewski

Justyna Giermakowska


Oana Vainer


  Tom Whalen    
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
  Dublin, 2004 © Annette Wiesner    
The Straw That Broke
The President in her Towers

The Straw That Broke

Post-Humanism, Ontology and the Encyclopedia Mouse:
An Interview with EM & Tom Whalen on The Straw That Broke

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

Recent books:    
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

From Caketrain Press:
Dolls: Prose Poems
The Birth of Death and Other Comedies:
The Novels of Russell H. Greenan
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.