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Tim Bascom, M.F.A.
Director of Creative Writing, Assistant Professor of English
Phone: 641-585-8735

M.F.A Creative Writing, University of Iowa
M.A. English Literature, University of Kansas
B.A. English Literature, Wheaton College


Before coming to Waldorf, Tim Bascom taught creative writing at Drake University and the University of Missouri. The author of a novel, a collection of essays, and the prize-winning memoir Chameleon Days: An American Boyhood in Ethiopia (Houghton Mifflin), Bascom’s essays, stories, and poems have been published in numerous literary journals, including The Florida Review, North American Review, Natural Bridge, Spoon River Poetry Review, The Missouri Review, Slant, Image, Boulevard, and Creative Nonfiction. His work has also been selected for the anthologies Best Creative Nonfiction and Best American Travel Writing. In addition, Bascom writes features or personal-experience pieces for regional and popular-interest magazines such as DSM (Des Moines city magazine), Dynasty In-Flight Magazine (China Airlines), The Kansas City Star Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor, and Modern Bride.

Bascom spent half his childhood in East Africa, where his parents were medical missionaries. Today he is married to Cathleen Chittenden-Bascom, a priest in the Episcopal Church, and he has two very musical sons who sing and play an array of instruments. Because of his love of travel, he enjoys meeting people from different cultures, especially if there is funky food involved or a chance to play the world’s favorite sport: soccer. He likes to canoe as well, and visual art is a major interest.

In terms of current projects, Bascom is writing a second memoir – Running to the Fire – about returning to Ethiopia at the height of a Marxist Revolution, a period later dubbed “The Red Terror.” He is simultaneously gathering short-short stories for a collection titled Let Me Show You How it’s Done, about three generations of fathers and sons within one small-town Midwestern clan.