Hi. I'm Ed Tankersley.

I’m a writer from Phoenix, Arizona. I've just finished writing my first novel, The Distance, set among the expansive landscapes of the Rocky Mountain West and focused on a single mom, her precocious 8-year-old son, and her middle-aged widower father, separately and together navigating the complexities of relationships and family commitments through temptation, loss, regret, and hope. The first dozen scenes from the novel are available on this site in the Novel Excerpts section.

An excerpt of the novel was published in Four Chambers issue 2, and it received a positive notice in The Review Review (see below). I also write short stories and poetry, samples of which you can find on this site.

Bookmark this site and follow me on Facebook for updates on my progress toward finding a literary agent and a publisher for my novel.



In January 2016, I recorded three of my poems for the Telepoem Booth project, a classic phone booth on which fans can dial up a poem for a listen on a rotary phone.

I read one of my short stories at Spillers 3 at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix on February 1, 2016. You can listen to that reading here.

On June 21, 2018, I read new poems from my chapbook World Afire as featured poet at District 4 in Mesa, Arizona.


Four Chambers literary journal cover image

An excerpt from The Distance, my recently completed novel, was published in the beautifully designed and illustrated Four Chambers issue 2. The limited run publication is sold out, but you can read the excerpt and more scenes here on my site.


Four Chambers Press also published a collection of the stories that were performed at Spillers 3, including my story Until This Is Over. The limited run publication is sold out, but you can listen to my reading here or read the entire story here on my website.


"The finest piece, the most consistently absorbing, the most affecting on a gut level, is Ed Tankersley’s [excerpt] from The Distance. … Tankersley puts us in the head and senses of Gordie, a young boy waiting for his mother, who is late to pick him up….When his mother does come, we see that what might have been a story of abandonment is actually one about love and intense connection in the face of difficulties….We root for these two, in a big way."

Laurence Levey, The Review Review, January 2015

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