Events (Reverse Chronological Order)
July 21, 2018
Reading and Signing, Beagle Books, Park Rapids, MN

July 17, 2018
Reading and book signing, Piragis Northwoods Company, Ely, MN

July 3, 2018
Reading and book signing, Fact and Fiction Books, Missoula, MT

June 12, 2018
Reading and book signing, Malvern Books, Austin, TX

May 31, 2018
Roger speaking at the Rhetoric Society of America in Minneapolis

May 26, 2018
Reading and book signing, Mono Lake Information Center and Book Store, Yosemite, CA

May 25, 2018
Reading and Signing at Book Passage, Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA

May 24, 2018
Roger speaking at the American Literature Association in San Francisco

May 7, 2018
BOOK LAUNCH at Half King, Chelsea, NYC. Come on out for a great evening to celebrate the release of No Word for Wilderness!

May 7, 2018

Critter Patter Radio Interview

May 1, 2018
No Word for Wilderness RELEASE!

April 4, 2018 Lecture and Discussion of Emerson and the History of Rhetoric, Poetry Center, Stony Brook University

Feb 20, 2018 Emerson and the History of Rhetoric nominated for both an MLA book award and an RSA book award
Feb 15, 2018
Presales of No Word for Wilderness 
hit #1 on Amazon sales in 2 categories: Outdoors and Italian History. Quite a combo!

Jan 5, 2018
No Word for Wilderness (Ashland Creek Press) due out May 1, 2018! 
Jan 1, 2018
Roger officially the Secretary of the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society.
Nov. 15, 2017 
Roger will be presenting on Emerson at the May 2018 Rhetoric Society of America Conference in Minneapolis.

Nov. 15, 2017
Join Roger and the Ralph Waldo Emerson Society at the May 2018 American Literature Association meeting in San Francisco.

Nov. 8, 2017
Roger’s Emerson and the History of Rhetoric (SIU Press) hit #1 in Speech on Amazon and is a Featured Title! (It’s also Roger’s birthday!)

Nov. 1, 2017
Roger’s Emerson and the History of Rhetoric (SIU Press) is out! Order it now!

Sept. 1, 2017
Roger became the Director of Stony Brook’s Program in Writing and Rhetoric

Roger Thompson likes to write about all sorts of stuff, but mostly stuff that matters.
Nature. War. Spanking. Stuff like that. He writes features and nonfiction, and he’s won some awards and published articles in some places you’d recognize. He’s even published fiction. In first grade, he published his first and only poem, about his ingrown toenail. It included an illustration, Roger’s only published artwork.

Roger confesses to enjoying scholarly writing too, even if peer review frustrates him from time to time, and he keeps doing that type of writing even though he isn’t always convinced it qualifies as “stuff that matters.” So, he keeps writing other stuff that he thinks does. He’s also an editor, with bona fides for editing corporate documents, not-for-profit materials, books, and magazines. He’s especially good at noticing extra spaces between words.

If you’re desperate for information about him, check out his cv. Otherwise, best to stick with things you read on this website and things his friends say about him. Or, you might check out his profile on muck rack, or maybe imbibe especially nice reviews of his work, like this one. He lives in New York, spends a lot of time in Minnesota and Oklahoma, loves Lexington, Virginia, after living there for about 15 years, and dreams of expatriating to Italy. You can probably find him in one of those places.

He’s a pleasant enough fella, so if you have any questions, feel free to give him shout.

Things Roger Likes Besides Writing:
Earth, Wind and Fire
The Rams
Camp Chippewa
His Family
Things Roger Dislikes Besides Spiders:
Black Jelly Beans
Andy Warhol
Speeding in School Zones

People Roger Likes Reading These Days:
Ben Mezrich
Mary Doria Russell
Derek Haas
Mark Helprin
Barry Lopez
Ernest Gaines
Patrick White
Mary Oliver
Books He’s Surprised No One Talks About:
Voyage for Madmen (Nichols)
The Discovery of Heaven (Mulisch)
In Fond Remembrance of Me (Norman)
In the Lake of the Woods (O’Brien)
Sex Collectors (Nicholson)
How To Get Rich (Dennis)
The Golden Spruce (Valiant)
Listening Point (Olson)