Mr. Thomas Sleigh

New York, United States

Member Since: 10/29/2015

Tom Sleigh's many books include Station Zed, Army Cats, winner of the John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters (AAAL), and Space Walk, winner of the $100,000 Kingsley Tufts Award. Far Side of the Earth won an Academy Award from the AAAL, The Dreamhouse was a finalist for the LA Times Book Award, and The Chain was a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Prize. His work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry, as well as The Best of the Best American Poetry, The Best American Travel Writing, and The Pushcart Anthology. He's received the PSA's Shelley Prize, and awards from the American Academy in Berlin, Civitella Ranieri, the Lila Wallace Fund, the Guggenheim, two NEAs, among others. He is a Distinguished Professor at Hunter College, City University of New York, and teaches in the MFA Program. He also works as a journalist in the Middle East and Africa.













  • Station Zed , Graywolf Press (January 4, 2015)
  • Army Cats , Graywolf Press (May 2011)
  • Space Walk , Houghton Mifflin (May 2007)
  • Bula Matari/Smasher of Rocks , Arrowsmith Fine Press Limited Editions (April 2005)
  • Far Side of the Earth , Houghton Mifflin (April 2003)
  • Herakles by Euripides , translation for Oxford University Press (January 2001)
  • The Dreamhouse , University of Chicago Press Phoenix Poets Series (November 1999)
  • The Chain , University of Chicago Press Phoenix Poets Series (March 1996)
  • Waking , University of Chicago Press Phoenix Poets Series (October 1990)
  • After One , Houghton Mifflin New Poetry Series winner (November 1983)
  • Interview With a Ghost (essays) , Graywolf Press (April 2006)


  • Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship(2014)
  • Inaugural John Updike Award, American Academy of Arts and Letters(2011)
  • American Academy in Berlin(2011)
  • Jerome J. Shestack Prize, American Poetry Review(2010)
  • Dora Maar House Foundation Fellow(2010)
  • Emily Clark Balch Prize, Virginia Quarterly Review(2009)
  • Jentel Artist Fellowship(2010)
  • Hermitage Artist Residency(2010)
  • Poeteka International Festival of Poetry, Albania, Poeteka Ring Award(2009)
  • Kingsley Tufts Award, Claremont College(2008)
  • Montalvo Arts Center Residency(2005)
  • LEF Foundation Grant for Playwriting(2004)
  • Boston Public Library Literary Lights Award(2000)
  • Shelley Memorial Award, Poetry Society of America(1999)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship(1994)
  • Individual Writer's Award, Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund(1996)
  • National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship(1987)
  • John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship(1986)
  • Ingram Merrill Foundation Grant(1984)


  • Distinguished Professor at Hunter College MFA Program, City University of New York (July 2004 - )


  • Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University (May 1977)

Genres of Interest

Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Poetry