Berkeley English Faculty

Thomas Farber

Thomas Farber

Senior Lecturer

Wheeler Hall, room 476
by appt only, 8:30-9 and 12-1:00 Fridays


Professional Statement

Besides my books—short fiction, novels, creative nonfiction, the epigrammatic, and screenplays (visit—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.


Acting My Age
Acting My Age

In Acting My Age, Thomas Farber gives us an unflinching, luminous, cleverly conceived meditation on his own mortality as well as on the extinction of the coral reefs, snow leopards, dolphins, and, ultimately the human species. Couching his observatio....(read more)

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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)


Selected Publications and Papers Delivered

Acting My Age (2021

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. Moving along from Acting My Age (2021). 

English Department Classes