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.
- Writing and the Eye, University of New Mexico, Taos Writing Conference, July 2015: Minrose Gwin
Productivity: Revisions of work in progress
- “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 2016), 4-8.
- "The Golden Age of Television Westerns: How Ron Bishop's Development as a Writer Sculpted Our Vision of the West," to be published in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the Wild West History Association.
- “Fact vs. Fiction—Buffalo Bill," Journal of the Wild West History Association, 8.5 (October 2015), 14-19.
- “Hallowed Ground,” (memoir) The Clinch Mountain Review (Fall 2015), 80-83.
- “Students Cannot Be Allowed To Choose Not To Learn,” Virginia Capitol Connections, 22.1(Winter 2016), 28.
- Review Note—“30 Years of Red Book,” Virginia Capitol Connections, 22.1(Winter 2016), 10. Book Jacket Note: Breaking Down Breaking Bad” Critical Perspectives by Matt Wanat and Leonard Engel, University of New Mexico Press, 2016.
- “With Reference to Ernest Hemingway and Mark Doty: Using an Interactive Sequence Outline/Recipe to Examine How Powerful Description Is Created.” Virginia English Journal, 66.1, (Spring/Summer 2016), 63-67.
- “All Schools Need To Be Charter Schools,” Virginia Capitol Connections, 22.3 (Summer 2016), 23. “The West: Wanted Dead or Alive," Journal of the Wild West History Association, 9.2 (June 2016), 48-50.
- “A Snapshot of Where We Are,” Virginia Capitol Connections, 22.4 (Fall 2016), .
- “The Office” honoring Mark Hainsworth as he began work in my old office.
- “The Gate” honoring Ron Diss at his retirement.
- “Anticipation” in Clinch Mountain Review (Fall 2016), .
- “To Be What You Can Be” in Clinch Mountain Review (Fall 2016), .
- “Joy in the Sugar” in Clinch Mountain Review (Fall 2016), .
- “Confessions, Baptist Style” in Clinch Mountain Review (Fall 2016), .
- “Buzzards Reigned In” in Clinch Mountain Review (Fall 2016), .
- “A Stop at Shoney’s on the Way,” Virginia English Journal, 66.2, (Fall/Winter 2017), .
Book Reviews of Young Adult Novels and Non-Fiction in Signal
- Scott, Victoria. Titans. Scholastic Press, 2016.
- Sharenow, Robert. A Girl in the Torch. HarperCollins, 2015.
- Schlitz, Laura Amy. The Hired Girl. Candlewick Press, 2015
- Dawn Green. In the Swish. Red Deer Press 2016
- L. J Hatton. Call Forth the Waves. Skyscape, 2016.
- Michael P. Spradlin. The Enemy Above. Scholastic Press, 2016.
- Larson, Kirby. Liberty. Scholastic Press, 2016.
- Hopkinson, Deborah. Dive! Scholastic Press, 2016.
- Watkins, Steve. Great Falls. Candlewick Press, 2016.
- “What Makes True Grit True?” The Big Read Presentation, Abingdon Virginia Public Library, September, 20, 2015. Article in production.
- “Caroline Lockhart—A Cowboy Girl Who Lived the Western Myth: Lost and Found,” Western Literature Association Conference, Reno, Nevada, October 10, 2015. Article submitted to the Journal of the Wild West History Association.
- President, Virginia Association of Teacher Educators (ATE—VA) VA State Representative, CAEP/TEAC Accreditation Visiting Committee, Leadership Program, Regent University, Virginia Beach, VA, 2/29-3/3/16.
- READ 516: Reading Comprehension—Sum 1, E & H, 2016
- READ 519: Issues in Multi-cultural Literacy and Research—Sum 2, E & H, 2016
- ENGL 317: Children’s Literature—Sum 3, E & H, 2016
- LING 390: Introduction to Linguistics—July, VCU, 2016
- B.A., Marietta College
- M.A Ed., Virginia Tech
- Ed.D., Virginia Tech