Tom Barbash is an educator, award-winning, critically acclaimed author, and critic with many notable literary successes under his belt. His novel, The Last Good Chance, was winner of the California Book Award, and named a Publishers Weekly and Booksense book of the year. His nonfiction title, On Top of the World: Cantor Fitzgerald, Howard Lutnick, and 9/11; A Story of Loss and Renewal was a New York Times bestseller and, most recently, the story collection Stay Up With Me has received accolades from The New York Times, among other publications.
His short fiction has been published in McSweeney’s, One Story, Tin House, VQR, Narrative, StoryQuarterly and other publications, and have been performed on NPR’s Selected Shorts. His book reviews have appeared with regularity in the New York Times and San Francisco Chronicle.
Tom has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and is a former Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University and a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop. He currently teaches in the MFA program at California College of the Arts and over the last 15 years has taught at Stanford, Iowa, SF State, and St. Mary’s where he was the Visiting Distinguished Writer. Tom grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and now lives in Marin County, California.