Tony Grooms

Professor of Creative Writing and Director of the M. A. in Professional Writing Program

Tony Grooms teaches fiction writing, literature, and American Studies, and directs the M. A. in Professional Writing program in Kennesaw State's English Department.  He has also taught in Ghana and Sweden, and lectured in Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. His fiction, poetry and essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies in the U. S. and abroad.  His novel Bombingham, set during the Civil Rights Movement, is often taught in high schools and colleges.  It was a Washington Post Notable Book and was chosen as a city-wide read for Washington D. C. The critical editon of Trouble No More: Stories can be found as an e-book, and another novel, The Vain Conversation, set in Georgia during the Jim Crow period, was selected as one of 25 books that all Georgians should read in 2018 by the Georgia Center for the Book. Grooms has twice won the Lillian Smith Prize for Fiction and was the finalist for the Hurston-Wright Legacy Award.  He holds fellowships from Yaddo, Bread Loaf, the National Endowment for the Arts and Fulbright.