Thompson is a widely published poet, essayist, and literary critic. His research interests include the American west, play, literacy, and educational policy.
Book--The Edges of the West: A Literature of Hope for the Future; text documentation during reading or marginalia as it affects reading comprehension; Continued production of flash fiction, poetry, pedagogical essays, and opinion pieces.
Have published articles with both undergraduate and graduate students regarding adolescent literature, writing, and reading comprehension.
Continued archival research in Texas, New Hampshire, and points in the American West in search of historical examples of non-professional writers waxing poetic in such a way that students can turn use of their writings as the basis for dramatic productions in their classrooms, their schools and their communities.
Post-retirement Scholarly & Creative Productivity
- Editorial: "We Have Succeeded. Now What?" Mark Merz radio show, Emory & Henry Radio Station, WEHA 90.7 FM, Recorded April 8, 2015.
- Workshop—Writing and the Eye, University of New Mexico, Taos Writing Conference, July 2015: Minrose Gwin
- “Critical Conversations about Young Adult Literature: Maybe Not as Hard to Generate as We Might Have Thought” with Alexa Gordan, Victoria Lustig, Amber Robinson, Christopher Tate, and J.W. Wharton, Virginia English Journal, 65.1, (Spring/Summer 2015), 25-36.
- “A Think Piece: Let's Get Serious about Teaching Writing—It Takes a Village” Virginia English Journal, 65.2, (Fall/Winter 2015), .
- “What Makes True Grit True?” The Big Read Presentation, Abingdon Virginia Public Library, September, 20, 2015.
- “Caroline Lockhart—A Cowboy Girl Who Lived the Western Myth: Lost and Found,” Western Literature Association Conference, Reno, Nevada, October.
- B.A., Marietta College
- M.A Ed., Virginia Tech
- Ed.D., Virginia Tech