Hi. I'm Ed Tankersley.

I’m a writer from Phoenix, Arizona. I'm working on a contemporary novel, working title 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.

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.

If you’d like to read excerpts from my novel while I work on it, I invite you to become a supporter on Patreon. I have supporter tiers on Patreon that start at only $1 per month. You'll be part of an exclusive group of patrons who get direct access to my latest work before anyone else, as well as enjoying members-only access to a private library of my short stories, poetry, and excerpts from other things I have in the works.

Treat yourself to original fiction and poetry direct from the author.

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Readings/Performances

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.

Publications

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An excerpt from The Distance, 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.

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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.

Reviews

"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

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 $1 per month.

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