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Writer & Storyteller


Tim J. Myers is a writer, songwriter and storyteller.  His Tanuki's Gift (2003) got an excellent boxed review with art in the New York Times and was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by Nick Jr. Magazine. Basho and the Fox (2000) was read aloud on NPR by Daniel Pinkwater, made the New York Times bestseller list for children's books, and was chosen as a Smithsonian Notable Children's Book, a Children's Book Council's "Not Just for Children Anymore" selection, and a Bank Street Irma Black Honor Book. He also won the SCBWI 2012 Magazine Merit Award for Fiction and has placed numerous pieces with top children's magazines (Cricket group, Cobblestone group, Appleseeds, Storyworks, Highlights, New Moon). 


Tim won a national poetry contest judged by John Updike and has been nominated for two Pushcarts. He's published three books of poetry for adults and won a prize in the international Writers of the Future Contest for science fiction/fantasy, as well as publishing a lot of other fiction, non-fiction and poetry for children and adults. Tim spent fourteen years as a classroom teacher in the States and overseas, has over 20 years' university teaching experience (he's currently a senior lecturer in the English department at Santa Clara University in the Bay Area), and has been a professional storyteller for about 30 years.


His wife is a PhD reading specialist at Santa Clara University--his older son is a PhD teaching composition and rhetoric at the University of Colorado-Boulder--his younger son is working on a history doctorate at Cornell--and his daughter is a Berkeley grad, a novelist, and works at an independent children's bookstore.


The oldest of eleven children, Tim can actually whistle and hum at the same time. His children's books are listed under “Books.” For information on his adult books, visit Poets & Writers.


He lives in Santa Clara, California.