About the Author

Todd Glasscock is a short story writer, journalist, editor and aspiring novelist. Born in Marlin, Texas, in 1968, he grew up in Little River-Academy and Temple.

He was the editor at TSTC Publishing, the custom textbook publishing arm of Texas State Technical College Waco. Before serving as editor at TSTC he was the Lifestyles and Religion editor for the Temple Daily Telegram, where he wrote, edited, and did page layout. He also works as a freelance writer and has published in The City Review (Waco), Waco Today magazine, the Round Rock Leader, the Austin American-Statesman, and Book Page. Other publication credits include Helen Ginger’s Doing It Write online newsletter and Blogcritics.org. In addition, he maintains the blog Exile on Ninth Street. His first short story publications were online at Pindeldyboz.com. In 2000 his criticism received honorable mention in the Associated Press Managing Editors Awards. He also likes to speak about writing and has taught writing at McLennan Community College in Waco. Currently, he is making a foray into science fiction.

A 1996 graduate of Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos with a master’s degree in English, Glasscock lives in Fort Worth, Texas.


7 thoughts on “About the Author

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    • I think you would enjoy them, given that it looks as if you’re a narrative nonfiction writer. Plus, Harrison’s essays are just good companions.

  2. I’m writing on behalf of the online-only literary quarterly, Wag’s Revue. I had stumbled upon your blog because of your discussion of Lee Gutkind from today because our publication just published an interview with him (www.wagservue.com). I also noticed your sidebar of online publications, and hope you’ll give ours a look and see if you wouldn’t mind adding it to your list. We devote as much space to nonfiction as fiction and poetry, and I would also venture to go as far as we are publishing some really great nonfiction (this issue features essays in four media: written, audio, graphic and video). We are also currently holding a writer’s contest, and the best submission in each genre will receive $500 a piece and publication (all details at: http://www.wagsrevue.com/submit.php).
    Founded this Spring, Wag’s Revue seeks to marry the control and form of a traditional printed magazine with the freedoms of online distribution and multimedia expression. We’re released on the quarterly, and feature original fiction, poetry and nonfiction, as well as “interviews with waggish luminaries of our day,” (so far, in addition to Mr. Gutkind, John D’Agata–if you’re interested in genre debates in nonfiction, it’s great interview to take a look at it, especially in great contrast to Lee, also George Saunders, T.C. Boyle, Wells Tower, and Dave Eggers). We’ve received a write-up in Poets & Writers, and much chatter around the blogosphere.
    I hope you’ll take a look, and perhaps give us a mention on your fabulously comprehensive site.

    Take Care,
    Sandra Allen

  3. Enjoyed your rejection slip saga-essay, Todd. Thanks for sharing the mirror I thought I viewed alone. Well written. Hack? Hardly! And, yes, there is a higher power.

  4. re: book review request by award-winning author

    Dear Todd,

    I’m an award-winning author with a new book of fiction out this fall. Ugly To Start With is a series of thirteen interrelated stories about childhood published by West Virginia University Press.

    Can I interest you in reviewing it?

    If you write me back at johnmcummings@aol.com, I can email you a PDF of my book. If you require a bound copy, please ask, and I will forward your reply to my publisher. Or you can write directly to Abby Freeland at:


    My publisher, I should add, can also offer your readers a free excerpt of my book through a link from your blog to my publisher’s website:

    Here’s what Jacob Appel, celebrated author of
    Dyads and The Vermin Episode, says about my new collection: “In Ugly to Start With, set in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia, Cummings tackles the challenges of boyhood adventure and family conflict in a taut, crystalline style that captures the triumphs and tribulations of small-town life. He has a gift for transcending the particular experiences to his characters to capture the universal truths of human affection and suffering–emotional truths that the members of his audience will recognize from their own experiences of childhood and adolescence.”

    My short stories have appeared in more than seventy-five literary journals, including North American Review, The Kenyon Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and The Chattahoochee Review. Twice I have been nominated for The Pushcart Prize. My short story “The Scratchboard Project” received an honorable mention in The Best American Short Stories 2007.

    I am also the author of the nationally acclaimed coming-of-age novel The Night I Freed John Brown (Philomel Books, Penguin Group, 2009), winner of The Paterson Prize for Books for Young Readers (Grades 7-12) and one of ten books recommended by USA TODAY.

    For more information about me, please visit:

    Thank you very much, and I look forward to hearing back from you.


    John Michael Cummings

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