Tom Noyes's most recent book, The Substance of Things Hoped For: A Novel, appeared in 2021 from Slant Books. His story collection, Come by Here: A Novella and Stories, won the 2013 Autumn House Prize in Fiction and the Gold Medal in Short Fiction from the Independent Press Awards. Tom's previous books, Spooky Action at a Distance and Other Stories (2008) and Behold Faith and Other Stories (2003), both appeared with Dufour Editions. His stories have appeared in many literary journals, including American Literary Review, Ascent, Colorado Review, Georgia Review, Image, Kenyon Review, Mid-American Review, New Ohio Review, Sycamore Review, Terrain.org, Third Coast, and West Branch. Tom's work has been named a finalist for the Breadloaf Prize, the Flannery O'Connor Award, the Grace Paley Prize, the Richard Sullivan Prize, and Stanford Libraries' William Saroyan Prize. He's been awarded grants from The Sustainable Arts Foundation, Erie Arts Council, and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Tom was born in the Philadelphia area and grew up there and in Upstate New York. He earned degrees in writing from Houghton College (NY), Wichita State University, and Ohio University. Tom currently lives in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he directs the BFA program at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College and serves as Consulting Editor for the literary journal Lake Effect.