Thomas M. Atkinson
Thomas M. Atkinson (Dancing Turtle) is the author of a number of plays, including Cuttings, Copperheads, Clear Liquor & Coal Black Nights, The Circle of Mystery and D’s Tire Towne. His one-woman show Cuttings has had several critically-acclaimed productions, and was a finalist for last year’s NAAA Double X Play Reading Festival in London. His short plays, including Battling the Ghost of Max Schmeling, and Dancing Turtle have been included in the Culture * Park Annual Short Plays Marathon in New Bedford, MA. “Grimace in the Burnt Black Hills,” the final story in his recently completed Standing Deadwood short fiction collection, will appear in the July issue of The Sun magazine. The collection’s title story appeared in The North American Review, and “River’s Edge” appeared in The Indiana Review. The short story upon which Dancing Turtle is based won Grand Prize in the inaugural Santa Barbara Writers Conference National Writing Contest. He has won numerous honors and awards for both fiction and drama, most recently an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2012. His first novel, Strobe Life, which also received an Ohio Arts Council grant, is currently available for Kindle on Amazon. He just completed his second novel, TIKI MAN, and lives in Ohio with his wife and two sons. This artist was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for 2012.