Thomas Farber

Senior Continuing Lecturer

Besides my books—short fiction, novels, creative nonfiction, the epigrammatic, and screenplays—I'm Editor-in-Chief of El Leon Literary Arts, an independent nonprofit press ( with 40 titles thus far, two by former students in this department.


Current Research: 

Writing memoir, the epigrammatic, and nonfiction about both the environment and aging. Moving along from Acting My Age (2021)



Thomas Farber
Creative nonfiction, 2021
Thomas Farber
Creative nonfiction, 2015
Thomas Farber
Creative nonfiction, 2009
Thomas Farber
Creative nonfiction, 2007

Selected Publications


Acting My Age (University of Hawai’i Press, 2021)

Here and Gone (Andrea Young Arts, Manoa Books, 2015)

Brief Nudity (Manoa Books, 2009)

A Lover's Quarrel (Creative Arts, 2003, Ellsberg Books 2007)

The Face of the Deep (Mercury House, 1998)
On Water (Ecco Press, 1994)

Compared to What? (Norton, 1988)

Too Soon To Tell (Ten Mile River, 1981)

Tales for the Son of My Unborn Child (Dutton, 1971, Pocket Books 1972)


The Beholder (Metropolitan/Holt, 2002, Picador, 2003, Editions Gallimard, 2010)

A Lover's Question: Selected Stories (Creative Arts, 2000, Ellsberg Books 2007)

Learning to Love It (Capra, 1993)

Curves of Pursuit (Putnam's, 1984, Avon1986, Editions Gallimard 1987)

Hazards to the Human Heart (Dutton, 1980, Creative Arts 1981)

Who Wrote the Book of Love? (Norton, Avon1977, Creative Arts 1981)

--Epigrams and essays on the epigrammatic:

The End of My Wits (Andrea Young Arts, 2013)

Foregone Conclusions (Andrea Young Arts, 2011)

Hesitation Marks (Andrea Young Arts, 2010)

The Twoness of Oneness (Andrea Young Arts, 2009)

Truth be Told: New and Collected Premortems (Hip Pocket Press, 2005)

Compressions (Serendipity Books, '98)

The Price of the Ride (Donald S. Ellis, '96)

--Text for photographs:

Akule (w/Wayne Levin) Editions Limited, 2011

Other Oceans (w/Wayne Levin) University of Hawaii Press, 2001

Through a Liquid Mirror (w/Wayne Levin) Editions Limited, 1997

Rag Theatre (w/ Nacio Brown) Great Star, 1975


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