Thomas Glave

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Thomas Glave (born 10th November 1964) is an American author of Jamaican descent who has published widely and won numerous awards. He is also a university professor.


Born to Jamaican parents in the Bronx, New York, Glave grew up there and in Kingston, Jamaica. He earned a first degree from Bowdoin College in 1993 (B.A. Cum laude, English and Latin American Studies) and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing from Brown University in 1998. He is a member of the English faculty at the State University of New York at Binghamton, where he teaches creative writing and courses on Caribbean, African-American, black British, postcolonial, and L.G.B.T./queer literatures, amongst other topics.[1] Glave possesses dual Jamaican and U.S. citizenship.


A two-time New York Foundation for the Arts Fellow, Glave's early short story, "The Final Inning," originally published in The Kenyon Review, won an O. Henry Award in 1997 while Glave was a graduate student at Brown University. With this award, Glave became the second and only gay black writer, after James Baldwin, to have won an O. Henry Award.[2] "The Final Inning" appears in Glave's first fiction collection, Whose Song? and Other Stories, published by City Lights in 2000. Glave's essay collection Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent followed Whose Song? in 2005, and won a Lambda Literary Award in 2006.[3] Glave earned a second Lambda Literary Award in 2009 for his groundbreaking anthology, Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles (Duke University Press, 2008). The Torturer's Wife, published by City Lights in 2008, was shortlisted and named a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Stonewall Book Award, the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing, and the Lambda Literary Award.

Glave has also earned a Fine Arts Center in Provincetown Fellowship (1995–96) and a Fulbright Fellowship to Jamaica (1998–99). While in Jamaica that year, he worked on issues of social justice, and helped found the Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals, and Gays (J-FLAG). In 2008 he was invited to MIT to teach as Martin Luther King Jr. Visiting Professor in the Program in Writing and Humanistic Studies. In 2009 he was named an Out Magazine "100" honoree. He has been a Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge (2012-13), and Leverhulme Trust Visiting Professor in the Department of Hispanic Studies at the University of Warwick (2014-15).


Glave is the author of Whose Song? and Other Stories (City Lights, 2000),[4] The Torturer's Wife (City Lights, 2008), the essay collection Words to Our Now: Imagination and Dissent (University of Minnesota Press, 2005), and is editor of the anthology Our Caribbean: A Gathering of Lesbian and Gay Writing from the Antilles (Duke University Press, 2008).[5]

Whose Song? garnered considerable praise upon its publication, drawing admiration from writers like Nadine Gordimer, Gloria Naylor, Clarence Major, and in reviews in publications like The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Hartford Courant, and the Toronto Globe and Mail.


  1. ^ Binghamton University English Department Bio for Thomas Glave
  2. ^ Gibbs, Kate (31 January 2003), "February Literary Events", The Washington Post, retrieved 2008-11-21 
  3. ^ Lambda Literary Awards Winners for 2005
  4. ^ City Lights, Author Bio, Thomas Glave
  5. ^ Duke University Press Book Description for Our Caribbean

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