Tom Bailey (author)

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Tom Bailey (born 1961) is an author, editor, and former teacher in the Creative Writing program at Susquehanna University. He has published two novels, a collection of short fiction, and two textbooks on writing short stories. He has also been widely published in anthologies and literary journals including New Stories From the South and DoubleTakes. The latter published his short story, Snow Dreams, which was selected for the 2000 The Pushcart Prize anthology and would become the basis for his debut novel, The Grace that Keeps this World.

Susquehanna University

Susquehanna University is a four-year, co-educational, private liberal arts university in Selinsgrove, in central Pennsylvania, United States. The university is situated in the Susquehanna Valley approximately 50 mi (80 km) north of Pennsylvania's state capital, Harrisburg.

Debut novel first published by an author

A debut novel is the first novel a novelist publishes. Debut novels are often the author's first opportunity to make an impact on the publishing industry, and thus the success or failure of a debut novel can affect the ability of the author to publish in the future. First-time novelists without a previous published reputation, such as publication in nonfiction, magazines, or literary journals, typically struggle to find a publisher.

He received a Newhouse Award from the John Gardner Foundation and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction.


On Writing Short Stories (editor) (Oxford University Press 1999)
A Short Story Writer's Companion (Oxford University Press 2000)
Crow Man (Etruscan Press, 2003)
The Grace that Keeps this World (Crown Publishing Group, 2005)
Cotton Song (Shaye Areheart Books, 2006)

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