Thompson is a widely published poet, essayist, and literary critic.  His research interests include the American west, play, literacy, and educational policy.


Book--The Edges of the West: A Literature of Hope for the Future; text documentation during reading or marginalia as it affects reading comprehension; Continued production of flash fiction, poetry, pedagogical essays, and opinion pieces.

Student Research:

Have published articles with both undergraduate and graduate students regarding adolescent literature, writing, and reading comprehension.

Upcoming Research:

Continued archival research in Texas, New Hampshire, and points in the American West in search of historical examples of non-professional writers waxing poetic in such a way that students can turn use of their writings as the basis for dramatic productions in their classrooms, their schools and their communities.

Educational Background

  • B.A., Marietta College
  • M.A Ed., Virginia Tech
  • Ed.D., Virginia Tech