Welcome to Thomas Lynch, Poet and Writer

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Thomas Lynch is the author of five collections of poems and four books of essays.  A book of stories, Apparition  & Late Fictions, published in 2010 to critical acclaim, is now available in paperback and can be purchased in bookstores and online. 
A "Classic Contemporary" edition of Skating with Heather Grace, his first book of poems, has just be reissued by Carnegie-Mellon University Press.   In 2011, Paraclete Press  published The Sin Eater: A Breviary -- a collection of his sin-eater poems accompanied by black and white photographs by Michael Lynch and cover art by Sean Lynch.  Salmon Press, The Cliffs of Moher, Co. Clare, Ireland published an Irish edition in 2012.  The Good Funeral - Death, Grief & The Community of Care, co-authored with theologian, Dr. Thomas G. Long, was published in September, 2013.
Thomas Lynch's work has been the subject of two film documentaries.  PBS Frontline's The Undertaking, aired nationwide in  2007, won the 2008 Emmy Award for Arts and Culture Documentary.  Cathal Black's film, Learning Gravity, produced for the BBC, was featured at the 2008 Telluride Film Festival and the 6th Traverse City Film Festival in 2009 where it was awarded the Michigan Prize by Michael Moore.  He has taught with the Department of Mortuary Science at Wayne State University in Detroit, with the graduate program in writing at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and with the Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Atlanta, GA.  He is a charter member of the faculty of the Bear River Writers Conference at Walloon Lake in Michigan. 
Thomas Lynch's essays, poems and stories have appeared in The Atlantic and Granta, The New York Times and Times of London, The New Yorker, Poetry and The Paris Review and elsewhere.  He lives in Milford, Michigan where he has been the funeral director since 1974, and in Moveen, Co. Clare, Ireland where he keeps an ancestral cottage.

BBC Radio 4 Archive Thomas Lynch Essay by Thomas Lynch

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Collections of Poems and Essays

Thomas Lynch is the author of five collections of poetry:
Three collections of essays:

His commentaries have been recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio, RTE in Ireland and NPR. He is the recipient of grants and awards from The National Endowment for the Arts, The Michigan Council for the Arts, The Michigan Library Association, The Writers Voice Project, The National Book Foundation, The Arvon Foundation in Great Britain and The Irish Arts Council.

He has read and lectured at universities and literary centers throughout Europe, The United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and across the United States. He is a regular presenter to professional conferences of funeral directors, hospice and medical ethics professionals, clergy, educators and businss leaders. He has been an Adjunct Professor in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He has appeared on C-SPAN, MSNBC, The Today Show, and the PBS-Bill Moyers Series, "On Our Own Terms."


Frontline's PBS Special: THE UNDERTAKING

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