Kennesaw State University

Tony Grooms

Kennesaw State University
Professor
Tony (Anthony) Grooms and grew up in rural Virginia. His education at the College of William and Mary and George Mason University led him to a teaching career in Georgia, where since 1995, he has taught creative writing and literature at Kennesaw State University. He is the author of Ice Poems, a chapbook of poems, Trouble No More: Stories and Bombingham, a novel. The Vain Conversation, a novel, is forthcoming in Spring 2014. His uncollected stories and poems have been published in Callaloo, African American Review, Crab Orchard Review, George Washington Review, and other literary journals and anthologies. Writing in MELUS, a critical journal of multi-ethnic literature, Professor Diptiranjan Pattanaik says that Trouble No More demonstrates “the insider’s profound knowledge of the history and struggles of African Americans, while consistently managing to circumscribe [a] breadth of understanding with a tender story-telling art.” Reviewing Bombingham for the Washington Post, critic Jabari Asim wrote, "In its insistence that 'the world is a tumultuous place and every soul in it suffers,' this powerful, resonant novel offers no consolations. Grooms offers consolation, however, in allowing us to be present at the emergence of a brave and promising talent, fully equipped to take on the writer's task of confronting chaos and wrestling it into form." Grooms is a Fulbright Fellow (Sweden 2006), a Finalist for the Legacy Award from Hurston-Wright Foundation, an Arts Administration Fellow from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the recipient of two Lillian Smith Awards from the Southern Regional Council. Both Trouble No More and Bombingham were selected as All Georgia Reads books. Adopted for study in high schools and colleges, Bombingham is the 2013 Live to Read selection in the city-wide common reading program for Washington, D. C.

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