Thomas Cobb (author)

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Thomas Cobb is an American novelist and author of the 1987 novel Crazy Heart[1] which was adapted into the 2010 Academy Award winning 2009 film Crazy Heart.[2][3]

Raised in Tucson, Arizona,[4] Cobb acquired an MFA from the University of Arizona. He earned a PhD from the University of Houston,[5] where he studied fiction writing with Donald Barthelme.[6] Barthelme also advised him on the writing of Crazy Heart.[7]

Thomas Cobb has taught at Eastern Arizona College and in the Arizona State Prison System. Since 1987, he has been a member of the faculty of Rhode Island College and is Professor of English and Director of Performing & Fine Arts Commission. He teaches fiction writing and literature and was the director of the program from 1987 to 2005.[5] In 2010, he received the Rhode Island College Alumni Faculty Award.[8][9]


  1. ^ Cobb, Thomas (1987). Crazy heart. San Francisco: Harper & Row. ISBN 0-06-015803-4. 
  2. ^ Janusonis, Michael (2010-03-07). "'Crazy Heart,' with R.I. ties, takes 2 Academy Awards". - The Providence Journal. The Providence Journal Co. Retrieved 2010-09-26. 
  3. ^ WGAW (2010-01-11). "2010 Writers Guild Awards Screen Nominees Announced". Writers Guild of America, West. Retrieved 2010-09-26.  Archived version 2010-09-26
  4. ^ "Personal Site". Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  5. ^ a b "RIC Faculty Site". Rhode Island College. Retrieved 2015-10-25. 
  6. ^ "The Reading Life: Jeff Bridges and ‘Crazy Heart’: Channeling Donald Barthelme?" The New York Times. January 29, 2010. Retrieved on July 31, 2010.
  7. ^ Rourke, Bryan (2009-11-22). "Foster author's 'Crazy Heart' gets reprint now that movie is on the way". The Providence Journal. Retrieved 2011-08-16. 
  8. ^ "Thomas Cobb - Alumni Faculty Award". Rhode Island College. 2010-05-17. Retrieved 2010-09-26.  Archived version 2010-09-26
  9. ^ "Alumni Awards & Honor Roll". Rhode Island College. 2010-05-17. Retrieved 2010-09-26.  Archived version 2010-09-26

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