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

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

  • Writing and the Eye, University of New Mexico, Taos Writing Conference, July 2015: Minrose Gwin
    Productivity: Revisions of work in progress


Articles/Memoirs/Creative Pieces

  • “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 2016), 4-8.
  • "The Golden Age of Television Westerns: How Ron Bishop's Development as a Writer Sculpted Our Vision of the West," to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the Wild West History Association.
  • “Fact vs. Fiction—Buffalo Bill," Journal of the Wild West History Association, 8.5 (October 2015), 14-19.
  • “Hallowed Ground,” (memoir) The Clinch Mountain Review (Fall 2015), 80-83.
  • “Students Cannot Be Allowed To Choose Not To Learn,” Virginia Capitol Connections, 22.1(Winter 2016), 28.
  • Review Note—“30 Years of Red Book,” Virginia Capitol Connections, 22.1(Winter 2016), 10. Book Jacket Note: Breaking Down Breaking Bad” Critical Perspectives by Matt Wanat and Leonard Engel, University of New Mexico Press, 2016.
  • “With Reference to Ernest Hemingway and Mark Doty: Using an Interactive Sequence Outline/Recipe to Examine How Powerful Description Is Created.” Virginia English Journal, 66.1, (Spring/Summer 2016), 63-67.
  • “All Schools Need To Be Charter Schools,” Virginia Capitol Connections, 22.3 (Summer 2016), 23. “The West: Wanted Dead or Alive," Journal of the Wild West History Association, 9.2 (June 2016), 48-50.
  • “A Snapshot of Where We Are,” Virginia Capitol Connections, 22.4 (Fall 2016), .


  • “The Office” honoring Mark Hainsworth as he began work in my old office.
  • “The Gate” honoring Ron Diss at his retirement.
  • “Anticipation” in Clinch Mountain Review (Fall 2016), .
  • “To Be What You Can Be” in Clinch Mountain Review (Fall 2016), .
  • “Joy in the Sugar” in Clinch Mountain Review (Fall 2016), .
  • “Confessions, Baptist Style” in Clinch Mountain Review (Fall 2016), .
  • “Buzzards Reigned In” in Clinch Mountain Review (Fall 2016), .
  • “A Stop at Shoney’s on the Way,” Virginia English Journal, 66.2, (Fall/Winter 2017), .

Book Reviews of Young Adult Novels and Non-Fiction in Signal

  • Scott, Victoria. Titans. Scholastic Press, 2016.
  • Sharenow, Robert. A Girl in the Torch. HarperCollins, 2015.
  • Schlitz, Laura Amy. The Hired Girl. Candlewick Press, 2015
  • Dawn Green. In the Swish. Red Deer Press 2016
  • L. J Hatton. Call Forth the Waves. Skyscape, 2016.
  • Michael P. Spradlin. The Enemy Above. Scholastic Press, 2016.
  • Larson, Kirby. Liberty. Scholastic Press, 2016.
  • Hopkinson, Deborah. Dive! Scholastic Press, 2016.
  • Watkins, Steve. Great Falls. Candlewick Press, 2016.


  • “What Makes True Grit True?” The Big Read Presentation, Abingdon Virginia Public Library, September, 20, 2015. Article in production.
  • “Caroline Lockhart—A Cowboy Girl Who Lived the Western Myth: Lost and Found,” Western Literature Association Conference, Reno, Nevada, October 10, 2015. Article submitted to the Journal of the Wild West History Association.


  • President, Virginia Association of Teacher Educators (ATE—VA) VA State Representative, CAEP/TEAC Accreditation Visiting Committee, Leadership Program, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, 2/29-3/3/16.

Classes Taught

  • READ 516: Reading Comprehension—Sum 1, E & H, 2016
  • READ 519: Issues in Multi-cultural Literacy and Research—Sum 2, E & H, 2016
  • ENGL 317: Children’s Literature—Sum 3, E & H, 2016
  • LING 390: Introduction to Linguistics—July, VCU, 2016

Educational Background

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