Thomas Gardner has published six volumes of literary criticism as well as a book of poetry and two collections of lyric essays: Poverty Creek Journal and Sundays. His play Eurydice was performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. He has held Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts fellowships and was the Fulbright Bicentennial Chair in American Studies at the University of Helsinki. He is Alumni Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Virginia Tech. He and his wife live at the edge of the Jefferson National Forest in Southwest Virginia.