Tucson Festival of Books

Joseph Earl Thomas



Drake Masters

Joseph Earl Thomas is a writer from Philidelphia whose work has appeared or is forthcoming in VQR, N+1, Gulf Coast, The Offing, and The Kenyon Review. He has a Master of Fine Arts in Prose from The University of Notre Dame and is a doctoral candidate in English at the University of Pennsylvania. An excerpt of his memoir, "Sink," won the 2020 Chautauqua Janus Prize and he has received fellowships from Fulbright, VONA, Tin House and Bread Loaf. He’s writing the novel "God Bless You, Otis Spunkmeyer," and a collection of stories, "Leviathan Beach, among other oddities."

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Awards: Chautauqua Janus Prize

Communities: African American


Scheduled events:
The Quest to Understand Family
Supernatural gifts and guerilla warfare. Roaches and other household hazards. Devastating divorce. These three authors share stories of their unique family challenges, how they coped with the incomprehensible, and came to understand themselves as well as those who raised them.

Koffler Room 218 (Seats 142, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Priscilla Gilman, Ingrid Rojas Contreras, Joseph Earl Thomas
Moderator: Jodi Horton
Swim or Sink
Joseph Earl Thomas grew up in a cruel, volatile home, under threat and constantly hungry. Also bullied at school, he felt weak and powerless -- a misfit everywhere he went. Thomas found his salvation in geek culture, in fantasy and virtual worlds. His growth and freedom took root when he became a Pokemon master.

Koffler Room 216 (Seats 89, Wheelchair accessible)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 5, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Joseph Earl Thomas
Moderator: Dylan Smith

Book:
Sink
A Memoir
Memoir / Essays / Creative Nonfiction
Grand Central Publishing
January 2023
ISBN 9781538706176
256 pages