Wanderlust - Writing Other Worlds


My father had the wanderlust and moved us up and down the American East Coast, to Sweden and England, and back and forth in between. I wanted to tone it down a bit and moved my family from Bucks County Pennsylvania to Richmond Virginia in 1996 where we have remained ever since. I had been writing short stories and poems and tucking them away in desk drawers for many years. Richmond has a vibrant art community that has enabled me to dust them off and pursue my literary interests more diligently. It was a good move.

I still have a few books left in me. Currently I’m seven chapters in to a sci-fi fantasy novel with a working title of SPLICE: The Immortality of Jared Hallie. What if your gene editing discoveries defeat death and suffering from genetic diseases, but you must start your own country on an island in the Scottish Hebrides to escape prosecution from practicing medicine without a license? When death is gone, do religions based on an afterlife or reincarnation have a purpose? Is there a feeling of weltschmertz after four centuries of living? Take a listen to the first ten draft pages.    A reading of SPLICE       -JTB


J. Thomas Brown has co-produced local TV writing shows and coordinated poetry readings at the Richmond Public Library, Richmond, Virginia. His short stories have appeared in Scarlet Leaf Review and Everywhere Stories: Short Fiction from a Small Planet. A memoir, Valium Dream, was a runner up in Streetlight Magazine's Memoir/Essay Contest 2021. He has contributed poems to Lingering in the Margins: A River City Poets Anthology, North of Oxford, and Rising Voices: Poems Towards a Social Justice Revolution (Poetry, Healing, & Growth Book Series by University Professors Press). His poems and hybrid work have also appeared in New Verse News, Rattlecast, Copperfield Review Quarterly, Wild Roof Journal (forthcoming in Issue 15), and other publications. 

Other Works

Driving With Poppi: A Patremoir (novelette)

Mooncalf, a collection of poems

Land of Three Houses (historical fiction novel)

The Hole in the Bone (historical fantasy novel)

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