Berkeley English Faculty

Thomas Farber

Thomas Farber

Senior Lecturer

Wheeler Hall, room 476
by appt only


Professional Statement

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 37 titles thus far, two by former students in this department.


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Here and Gone

Turning seventy, author Thomas Farber appraises the writing life, aging, love, his own fate, and ours.   Thomas Farber's writing has always been characterized by the tension between the concision of its execution and the immensity of its concerns. H....(read more)

Foregone Conclusions: Equivoques, Aperçus, Spars & Catarrhs
Foregone Conclusions: Equivoques, Aperçus, Spars & Catarrhs

Epigram: a terse observation aspiring to the universal and irreducible. Generally about human foible or fate. Relies on paradox, hyperbole, or wordplay to compel a flash of recognition. Kissing cousin of axioms, parables, maxims, apothegms, and Zen ....(read more)

Brief Nudity
Brief Nudity

Philip Larkin wrote of the moment in life when our "innate assumptions" and daily habits "Suddenly harden into all we've got." This beautifully written memoir dwells in that moment, its call to self-judgment, its unexpected openness to possibility. ....(read more)

Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Here and Gone (October, 2015)

The End of My Wits (2013)

Brief Nudity (2009)

Akule (with photographer Wayne Levin, 2010)


Current Research

Writing memoir, the epigrammatic, and nonfiction about both the environment and aging. 

Recent English Courses Taught