Tom Cho

Tom Cho

Writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House August 2015 to March 2016

Tom Cho is a writer and spoken-word performer with a background in curating and producing arts projects.

His current project is a novel that answers some of life’s “Big Questions.” This novel-in-progress is an extravagant artistic and intellectual mash-up—a mix of fiction, philosophy of religion, and much more besides. The text explores perplexing questions such as “Does God exist?”, “How can we reconcile the existence of suffering with the premise of a good and almighty God?”“What are the attributes of God?”, and even “What is the meaning of life?” Its working title: The Meaning of Life and Other Fictions.

His full-length debut was Look Who’s Morphing (Giramondo, 2009 / Arsenal Pulp Press, 2014), a collection of fictions originally published in Australia and later released in North America and continental Europe. Brought to fruition as part of his PhD in Professional Writing from Deakin University, the collection was shortlisted for multiple awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book.

Tom Cho has almost 80 publications of fiction pieces in magazines and anthologies—among them, Electric Literature’s Recommended Reading, The Best Australian Stories series, Asia Literary Review, PRISM international, Review of Australian Fiction, The Best of The Lifted BrowThe New Quarterly, and many others.

Originally from Naarm (“Melbourne, Australia”), Tom Cho is now based in Tkarón:to (“Toronto, Canada”).

While in residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House, Tom Cho and Jacquie Wykes hosted Shut Up and Write sessions that continue at various locations around the City, including at Historic Joy Kogawa House on Wednesday evenings. To be notified about week-to-week status of Shut Up and Write sessions at Kogawa House, drop a note to

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What’s New?

What’s New?

Farewell to Tom Cho and Jackie Wykes, who on April 6 moved on to a three-month residency in picturesque Blairmore, Alberta. They take up residence in the former studio of the photographer Thomas Gushul, in a competitive residency supporting both writers and visual artists through the Department of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge.

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