Writing Resume

Cover of Running to the FireChameleon Dayssquatters' rites


Timothy Bascom                                                                  

Director of Creative Writing, Waldorf College, 106 S. 6th St., Forest City, IA 50436

Email: tim.bascom@waldorf.edu

Phone: 515-953-9720



University of Iowa: M.F.A. in Nonfiction Writing.

University of Kansas: M.A. in English.

Wheaton College: B.A. in English.


Writing Awards

The awards listed here are mentioned again under “Publications,” paired with corresponding writing projects:

2015 Selection for Sparks: A Reader to Energize Writing, an anthology from Kendall Hunt Publishing.

2014 Selection as Notable Essay in Best American Essays.

2014 Selection for Law and Disorder, a Main Street Rag Fiction Anthology.

2013 Selection for Fried Walleye, an anthology from U of Nebraska Press.

2011 Florida Review Editor’s Prize in Nonfiction, Published Runner-Up.

2011 Tiny Lights Essay Award, Second Place.

2010 Iowa Arts Council Grant for research on an in-progress memoir.

2009 Selection for The Best Creative Nonfiction, W.W. Norton.

2007 Finalist for The USA PEN Creative Nonfiction Award.

2005 Bakeless Literary Prize in Nonfiction / Breadloaf Conference.

2005 Selection for Best American Travel Essays, Houghton Mifflin.

2004 Florida Review Editor’s Prize in Nonfiction.

2003 Missouri Review Editor’s Prize in Essay.

1999 Semi-Finalist for “Discovery”/the Nation Poetry Contest.




Running to the Fire: An American Missionary Child Comes of Age in Revolutionary Ethiopia (memoir).  Iowa City: University of Iowa Press, Spring, 2015.

Chameleon Days: An American Boyhood in Ethiopia (memoir).  New York: Mariner Books/Houghton Mifflin, 2006. Winner of the Bakeless Literary Prize in Nonfiction.  Finalist for USA PEN Creative Nonfiction Award.

The Comfort Trap: Spiritual Dangers of a Convenience Culture (essays).   Chicago: InterVarsity Press, 1993.

Squatters’ Rites (a novel). Manila: New Day Press, 1990.


Personal Essays:

“My First Baptist Winter.” Creative Nonfiction 58 (Winter, 2016): 53-58.

“My Mystical Body.” The Briar Cliff Review 26 (2014): 66-68.

“Bicentennial Pie.”  Fried Walleye and Cherry: Midwestern Writers on Food.  Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2013.

“The White Painting.”  South Loop Review 14 (2012): 112-115.

“Floating.”  Natural Bridge.  26 (Fall 2011): 115-117.Also runner up for Tiny Lights Essay Award.

“Checkpoint.”  Florida Review 36.1 (2011): 31-40. Runner-up for 2011 Editor’s Prize in Nonfiction.

“The Slave Fort.” Convergence Review 2.1 (Summer 2010): 33-37.

“A Stone of Contention.” American Journal of Nursing 110.2 (Feb. 2010): 80.

“Something to Sing About.” The Hymn 59.3 (Summer 2008): 15-20.

“Community College.” Witness Journal 21 (2007): 33-37.  Selected for The Best Creative Nonfiction 3.  W.W. Norton, July, 2009.  Also selected for Sparks: A Reader to Energize Writing, an anthology from Kendall Hunt Publishing, 2016.

“Time Salvage.”  The Dos Passos Review 4.1 (Spring 2007): 83-88.

“At the Lake’s Edge.” Rock and Sling 3.2 (Fall 2006): 15-22.

“What Kind of Children?”  Fourth Genre 8.2 (Fall, 2006): 53-59.

“Baboons on the Cliff.” Boulevard 21.2-3 (Spring 2006): 198-204.

“Chasing Charles Wesley.”  Western Humanities Review 59.2 (Fall 2005): 5-19.

“And I’ll Fly Away.”  The Florida Review 29.2 (Fall 2004): 59-65. The 2004 Florida Review Editor’s Prize in Nonfiction.

“A Vocabulary for My Senses.”  The Missouri Review 27.1 (2004): 55-60.  The 2003 Missouri Review Editor’s Prize in Essay.  Also selected for Best American Travel Essays 2005.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2005: 1-7.

“Borobodur.” Dynasty: The Inflight Magazine of China Airlines December, 2002:   60-63.

“Mother of My Soul.” The Other Side July/August 1999: 10-13. Associated Church Press Honorable Mention.

“Windstruck.” The Kansas City Star Magazine 14 March 1999: 14-15.

“House of the Archangel.” Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion Spring 1998: 106-116.

“For Better or For Worse.” Modern Bride June/July 1996: 328 & 336.



“Illumination.”  Ilanot Summer 2014. Online Journal.

“How Curiosity Kills.”  Spillway 16 (Summer 2011): 17.

“Rapture.” North American Review 294.6 (Nov.-Dec. 2009): 31.

“St. Francis Says Goodbye.”  The Spoon River Poetry Review 34.2 (Summer/Fall 2009): 72.

“Psalm 39: But when I was silent.” Visions International #79 (2008): 6.

“St. Patrick’s Day, Galway.” Slant 21 (Summer, 2007): 5.

“Spring Inventory / Ursuline Mother House / Paola, Kansas.”  Christian Century

5 April 2005: 22.

“Irish Slip Jig.” Wapsipinicon Almanac  7 (2004): 58.

“Most Days God is an Hypothesis.” The Other Side March 2000: 17.

“Reasons to Stay on the Porch During Storms.” The Other Side Sept. 1999: 46-47.  Associated Church Press Award of Merit.  Also part of a set of poems that reached semi-finalist level in “Discovery”/The Nation Contest, 1999.

“Night Janitor.” Sojourners Jan. 1995: 25.

“The Things He Carried.” Christianity and Literature Autumn 1994: 120.


Fiction for Adults and Children:

“Final Fantasy.”  Law and Disorder: Stories of Conflict and Crime (Fiction

Anthology).  Charlotte, NC: Main Street Rag Press, 2014: 282-95.

“The Present.”  DSM August-October 2012: 117.

“Cold Storage.” Thema 23.2 (Summer 2011): 1-4.

“Hadley, The Helped-Along Walrus.”  Ladybug: The Magazine for Young Children March 2008: 14-19.

“The Hole to the North Pole.”  Ladybug: The Magazine for Young Children December 2003: 10-15.


Journalistic Commentary and Criticism:

“As I See It: Art and the Personal Essay.” Assay: A Journal of Nonfiction Studies 2.1 (2015). Online Journal.

“Picturing the Personal Essay.”  Creative Nonfiction 49 (Summer 2013).  2014 Selection as Notable Essay in Best American Essays.

“Spirits in Paint: Ethiopian Icons from Ancient Times to Today.”  Selamta: Inflight Magazine of Ethiopian Airlines March/April 2013: 22-33.

“The Old Man and the Knee.”  DSM Magazine: The Men’s Book 2011: 64.

“Vision Quest: A Local Photographer’s Search for the Sacred.”  DSM Magazine November-January 2011: 139-147.

“‘True’ Stories and Necessary Lies.” The Writer October 2009:38-39.

“The Joys of a Three-Hour Commute—Honest.” Christian Science Monitor 23 March 2009: 19.

“The Body of Her Work.” DSM Magazine Feb-April 2008: 74-75.

“Lost Art: The Lost Boys of Sudan Find Healing in Art Therapy.”  DSM

Magazine August-October 2007: 127-133.

“Shaping Modernism: Sculptor Rita McBride.” DSM Magazine Feb.-April 2005: 24-30.

“Objects of Power: The Stanley Collection of African Art.” Iowa Alumni  Magazine 55:3 (June 2002): 16-18.

“A Beautiful Affliction: The Art of Erica Grimm-Vance.” Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion 31 (Summer, 2001): 26-35.

“First on the Field: K-State’s First Black Athletes Break the Color Barrier.”  K-Stater Dec., 1997: 10-14.  Awarded a Bronze CASE Award in “Feature” category.

“Secret Imperialism: The Reader’s Response to the Narrator in ‘The Man Who Would Be King’.” English Literature in Transition: 1880-1920 31:2  (1988): 162-173.

“The Black African and the ‘White Man’s God’ in Things Fall Apart: Cultural Repression or Liberation?” Commonwealth 11:1 (1988): 70-76.