Timothy Gager is the author of eight books of short fiction and poetry. His latest Treating a Sick Animal: Flash and Micro Fictions (Cervena Barva Press) features over forty stories, many previously published in various literary magazines. He has hosted the successful Dire Literary Series in Cambridge, Massachusetts every month for the past ten years and is the co-founder of Somerville News Writers Festival.
His work has appeared in Night Train, Smokelong Weekly, McSweeneys, Hobart, Twelve Stories, JMWW, The Smoking Poet, Word Riot, Skive, Dogzplot, Metazen, Six Sentences, 55 Word, Monkeybicycle, The Binnacle, Thieve's Jargon, Gutter Eloquence, Zygote in My Coffee, Fried Chicken and Coffee, Slurve, Poor Mojo's Almanac, MiCrow, Waterhouse Review, VerbSap, Riverbabble, Further Fenway Fiction, The Blood Orange Review, Poems for All, Grey Sparrow Journal, Right Hand Pointing, GUD, Boston Poetry Journal (Bad Ass Edition), In Between Altered States, Edifice Wrecked, decomP, Blue Print Review, Barnstorm, Lit Up Magazine, Delmarva Review, Third Lung Review, Poesy and Ibbetson Street . He has had over 200 works of fiction and poetry published since 2007 and of which eight have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize.
Timothy was formerly the Fiction Editor of The Wilderness House Literary Review, the founding co-editor of The Heat City Literary Review and has edited the book, Out of the Blue Writers Unite: A Book of Poetry and Prose from the Out of the Blue Art Gallery.
A graduate of the University of Delaware, Timothy lives in Dedham, Massachusetts and is employed as a social worker.
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Reviews of Treating a Sick Animal: Flash and Micro Fictions
"Timothy Gager's stories came at us like a brisk punch to the heart. His characters are profane and tender, dazed and confused, out of work and short on options. And yet they remain stubbornly vibrant, these damaged children of Bukowski, illuminated by their desires and inflamed by unreasonable hopes."
author of THE EVIL B.B. CHOW, CANDY FREAK, and NOT THAT YOU ASKED
"Timothy Gager is a compelling and unforgettable writer. These bold and witty little stories limn the peculiarities, and sometimes alarming behavior, of our human species."
author of SMALL TOWN PUNK
"As good an orator you'll find, Timothy Gager flashes a gleam in the eyes while carrying a slouch in the shoulders. His fiction connects to the giggling man as well as it does to the sad man."
editor, publisher and founder of THIEVES JARGON
"This book is a trip-- or actually it is 40-plus quick and vivid trips into Timothy Gager's untamed fictional terrain. Sometimes surreal, sometimes all-too-real, these Flash Fictions always surprise. Fasten your readerly seatbelt, choose your own adventure and enjoy the wild rides."
author of CELEBRITIES IN DISGRACE and TONYA & NANCY: THE ROCK OPERA
"Timothy Gager's flash fictions are full of flashes of insight into the great human predicament."
author of DEAR EVERYBODY
I love the production of work. I love that there is always room for improvement.
Timothy, I couldn't have written my ghostly spirit vampire story without you!
Thanks for your great comments, Tim! Maybe sometime I'll get up to Cambridge sometime to go to your series...
Was thrilled by your comments for "Space Man" Timothy. Thanks so much!
Thank you so much for your very kind response to fly, Timothy. I look forward to reading more of your work. - Q
thanks for reading!
Been reading your collection, Treating a Sick Animal. LOVE IT! I hope 2011 is a great year for you and your writing!
Hi there, Tim. So nice to come full circle with you here at fictionaut!
Tim, thank you for reading boyfriends. Really appreciate your comments.
I love your story in jmww, the flash issue: How to Give Dating Advice as a State Social Worker. WOW! Fantastic read. Made me want to devour all of your writing! Thanks.
Hey Tim! Should have known you were here :)
Hey Tim, thanks so much for reading, and taking the time to comment. I'm actually in the middle of a reworking of this, taking all the input to heart. Like those beer kegs.
You should try SmokeLong!
Hey Tim, thanks for the comment. It's nice to meet you!
Hmmm...did you ever get any comments back about why people aren't taking it? How long ago did you write it? The longest gap I've ever had is 8 years between writing a story and it being accepted somewhere, so you know, it's all about luck and that. Although, I must say, I had to read it a few times b/c I wasn't sure if it was an actual explosion or a 'fight' explosion. But I also kind of like that ambiguity in a story---I hate when people just outright 'tell' everything. I'm being no help here.
Hey! Thanks for your comment. Love "What we did after the explosion." Look forward to reading more of your stuff.
Hey, Tim...WYou're everywhere...
I live in Franklin. Just north of the RI Border. Last stop on the commuter rail about an hour from South Station. Hope to get up to Dire Literary Series sometime! Is it both poetry and prose?
Thanks so much for taking the time to comment on my story, Tim.
Hey I just checked out WHL and you're right Chekhov is the bomb!
haven't met, ahven't been to reading series. new to boston, not that familiar. we could meet, though. would like to meet more local writers. one does like to socialize with one's own, discuss the lit we read, not to mention our own work. when is next reading? maybe my wife (a poet and essayist - deja earley - published in a few pretty good magazines) and i will try to come.
hey - wow - i didn't realize you were in cambridge. i'm in brighton!
Thanks for the kind words. I really liked your piece "The Best Interest of the Child" as well.
Hey, Tim. Glad to see you here!
Hi, Tim. It was so great meeting you. You are an awesome host.