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Hi. I'm Ed Tankersley.

I’m a writer from Phoenix, Arizona. My current writing project is The Distance Between Us, a contemporary novel. An excerpt was published in Four Chambers issue 2, and it received a positive notice in The Review Review (see below).

I take occasional breaks from working on the novel to write short stories and poetry, samples of which you can find on this site.

If you find something you like here, I hope you'll leave me a comment. I love to hear what readers find interesting.



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 Between Us, my novel-in-progress, 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 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 a short excerpt of the 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 Between Us. … 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

If you’d like to read excerpts from my novel while I work on it, as well as enjoy members-only access to a private library of my short stories, poetry, and excerpts from other things I have in the works, become a supporter on Patreon. Members-only access starts at only $3 per month.

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