Thomas Noyes, Ph.D.

Thomas Noyes, Ph.D.
Program Chair, Creative Writing
Professor, Creative Writing and English
Consulting Editor, Lake Effect
142 Kochel

Mailing Address:
ERIE, PA 16563

Dr. Tom Noyes, Professor of English and Creative Writing, teaches in the B.F.A. in Creative Writing program. He received his Ph.D. from Ohio University, his M.F.A. from Wichita State University, and his B.A. from Houghton College.

Dr. Noyes has published four books: a novel and three collections of short fiction. The Substance of Things Hoped For (Slant, 2021), Come by Here: A Novella and Stories (Autumn House, 2014), Spooky Action at a Distance and Other Stories (Dufour, 2008), and Behold Faith and Other Stories (Dufour, 2003). His work has garnered praise in such forums as The New York Times Book Review and Kirkus Reviews and has been recognized with awards from AWP, Stanford Libraries, Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and Penn State University’s Institute of Arts and Humanities. In addition, Dr. Noyes serves as Consulting Editor for Lake Effect, Penn State Behrend’s award-winning literary journal. He previously worked on the editorial staffs of Ascent and Quarter After Eight.

Courses Taught

  • ENGL 015, Rhetoric and Composition
  • ENGL 050, Introduction to Creative Writing
  • ENGL 140, Contemporary Literature
  • ENGL 209, Journal or Magazine Practicum (formerly ELISH 002)
  • ENGL 212, Introduction to Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 311, The Canon and Its Critics
  • ENGL 401W, Creative Writing Theory
  • ENGL 412, Advanced Fiction Writing
  • ENGL 422, Fiction Workshop
  • ENGL 433, The American Novel: 1900-1945
  • ENGL 436, American Fiction Since 1945
  • ENGL 437, The Poet in America
  • ENGL 494, Senior Thesis in English
  • ENGL 496, Independent Studies


Fiction Writing

The Substance of Things Hoped For: A Novel, Slant, 2021

Come by Here: A Novella and Stories, Autumn House, 2014

Spooky Action at a Distance and Other Stories, Dufour, 2008

Behold Faith and Other Stories, Dufour, 2003

Ph D, Creative Writing, Ohio University

MFA, Creative Writing, Wichita State University

BA, Writing, Houghton College