Tom Eaton

Associate Director-Maumelle, AR

Thomas Eaton holds a BA, from the University of Wyoming, an MA, from Southeast Missouri State University, and an Ed.D, from the University of Missouri – Columbia.b3f253ec-f979-41cf-b35e-87c4e8f9adea

He served as Associate Professor of English Education at Southeast Missouri State University where he taught teachers to teach literature and language, was a thesis reviewer, and taught online. He also reviews galleys for new textbooks in composition and grammar for Pearson Publishing, McGraw-Hill, and Bedford-St. Martin. Twice a year, he teaches comparative American/Russian literature at Vinnyestia State University in the Ukraine.

A Wyoming native who grew up on and ran a ranch, Tom also writes western fiction.

His work was published in the William Faulkner Short Story competition, Journey Magazine, the WesteringOuter DarknessThe American West E-zine, The Scavenger’s Newsletter, Big Muddy: Journal of the Mississippi River Valley, and most recently, Rough Country, an anthology of western stories. He has a publishing contract with High Hill Press, Missouri, for his next two forthcoming short story collections, Stories from Mission County and I’m Right Where You Left Me – More stories from Mission County.

Eaton returns to his family ranch in Wyoming during the summer months to fix fence, see family, and come up with new stories from his native west.

“As a writer, I’m somewhat like a turtle — I carry my home with me and when I get homesick — I just fold in my legs and creep within the pages of my stories. Life is a balance and I’m joyful for having found that. Working within a natural world, sharing in teaching, and in writing are all elements that work together. I am excited about teaching creative writing in Maumelle and the opportunity to teach in the Village Writing School. We all have a story to tell and I want to help people to find that story, share it, and send it out to the common human experience.”

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