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Timothy Gager

Timothy Gager is the author of thirteen books of short fiction and poetry. His upcoming, Chief Jay Strongbow is Real (Big Table Publishing) is his first book of poetry in four years. He's hosted the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts since 2001 and was the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival.

He has had over 400 works of fiction and poetry published and of which eleven have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize. His work has been read on National Public Radio.

Timothy is the Fiction Editor of The Wilderness House Literary Review, the founding co-editor of The Heat City Literary Review. His last two books, the novels, The Thursday Appointments of Bill Sloan/ and Grand Slams: A Coming of Eggs Story drew rave reviews.

A graduate of the University of Delaware, Timothy lives in Dedham, Massachusetts and is employed as a social worker.



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Some Thoughts about Timothy's books

""Timothy Gager's latest book, Chief Strongbow is Real, is evidence of a new stage for the veteran poet and novelist. Before this book, Gager safely relied on his poetic insight into the struggle we all face, and his powerful phraseology; in this one, he stretches out into the worlds of politics and personality. His eye for the telling detail remains, but his work has become more expansive, more timely, and less hard-bitten. This is a mature poet showing us exactly what he's got: and it's good".

Rusty Barnes
ON BROAD SOUND and I AM NOT ARIEL

The poems in Chief Strongbow is Real exist in liminal spaces. Timothy Gager realizes that like the actor who portrayed Strongbow, we are all “fake…actor[s] within/the theater of our absurdity.” These poems aren’t afraid to rail against the world we find ourselves in, where if “the cash is too good/right in our backyard, [we] sign the contracts/then set the tap water on fire.” These are poems that fight for truth and justice and love – whether we’re ready for them yet, or not.

Shaindel Beers,
author of A BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME and THE CHILDRENS'S WAR and Other Poems

"Timothy Gager is a genius of the quotidian, keenly observing the details of our lives and rendering them so that we can hear the deep pulse of our identities, of our pure being, within them. The Shutting Door is a ravishing, wonderful, enlightening book."

Robert Olen Butler
PULITZER PRIZE WINNING AUTHOR

"Timothy Gager's stories came at us like a brisk punch to the heart. His characters are profane and tender, dazed and confused, out of work and short on options. And yet they remain stubbornly vibrant, these damaged children of Bukowski, illuminated by their desires and inflamed by unreasonable hopes."

Steve Almond
author of THE EVIL B.B. CHOW, CANDY FREAK, and NOT THAT YOU ASKED

"In The Shutting Door, Gager studies the crisp space between life's summation and the gathering of what harvest may wait for us as we work at a more genuine quality of being. In a world of social media he shows himself brave and committed to truth, but not without humor. This is a delightful new work from a poet who consistently shows that he believes in what connects us and makes us human."

Afaa M. Weaver
author of THE GOVERNMENT OF NATURE

"Treating A Sick Animal is a trip-- or actually it is 40-plus quick and vivid trips into Timothy Gager's untamed fictional terrain. Sometimes surreal, sometimes all-too-real, these Flash Fictions always surprise. Fasten your readerly seatbelt, choose your own adventure and enjoy the wild rides."

Elizabeth Searle
author of CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE and TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA

"Timothy Gager's flash fictions are full of flashes of insight into the great human predicament."

Michael Kimball,
author of DEAR EVERYBODY

"Worldly, witty, and often satirical, these poems also have a tender side, a feeling of loss and longing, a sense of thwarted hopes and dreams. It is as if the poet has glimpsed something wondrous and maybe all-important just beyond a door that is closing. What did he see in there? Was it his beloved, or the remnants of love grown cold? Was it the hem of God, or the remnants of a faith no longer held? Was it a little bit of truth and beauty mixed together, or was it the death of either, or both? Questions on this order are at the heart of these poems, and the glimpses of the answers are real enough to help us keep going."

Fred Marchant
author of THE LOOKING HOUSE

Timothy Gager