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.

Post-retirement Scholarly & Creative Productivity


  • Editorial: "We Have Succeeded. Now What?" Mark Merz radio show, Emory & Henry Radio Station, WEHA 90.7 FM, Recorded April 8, 2015.

Creative Writing

  • Workshop—Writing and the Eye, University of New Mexico, Taos Writing Conference, July 2015: Minrose Gwin



  • “Critical Conversations about Young Adult Literature: Maybe Not as Hard to Generate as We Might Have Thought” with Alexa Gordan, Victoria Lustig, Amber Robinson, Christopher Tate, and J.W. Wharton, Virginia English Journal, 65.1, (Spring/Summer 2015), 25-36.
  • A Think Piece: Let's Get Serious about Teaching Writing—It Takes a Village” Virginia English Journal, 65.2, (Fall/Winter 2015), .


  • “What Makes True Grit True?” The Big Read Presentation, Abingdon Virginia Public Library, September, 20, 2015.
  • “Caroline Lockhart—A Cowboy Girl Who Lived the Western Myth: Lost and Found,” Western Literature Association Conference, Reno, Nevada, October.

Educational Background

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