Am I a hypocrite then? I wondered. Is it that I should be free to deal with
the beasts I find in the forest of my own mind, but also free
to blow the whistle on others doing the same thing?
Are your beasts less belle than mine?

—From “The Glass Motel: Personal Reflections on the Fortieth Anniversary of Lolita — Child Pornography and Sexual Abuse of Children,”
by Thomas E. Kennedy, in The Literary Review, Fall 1997

Short Works

During the span of a quarter century, Kennedy has produced hundreds of short works, including stories, essays, poems, translations, photographs, and interviews. In addition to the book-length collections listed on the Books page of this website, Kennedy’s short works appear in a couple of hundred magazines and anthologies.

You can access a small sample of short works by Kennedy at this central location on the Web: LookSmart Find Articles. A partial list of short works from that website follows below. Within each section, works are listed in reverse chronological order.

Short Works: Stories

  • “A Thought”
    Appears in Contrary, Winter 2007
  • “Michela Crosses the Bridge”
    From Greene’s Summer
    Appears in The Literary Review, Winter 2004
  • “Cast Upon the Day”
    Appears in Arts & Letters: Journal of Contemporary Culture, Issue 1, Spring 1999
  • “The Foot of Saint Catherine”
    Appears in The Literary Review, Spring 1999
  • “Autumn Wasps”
    From Beneath the Neon Egg*
    Appears in Agni, Issue 50, 1999

    Maxine Kumin, US Poet Laureate (1981-82) and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, nominated “Autumn Wasps” for a Pushcart Prize.

    * Although this story is sub-titled “An excerpt from the novel Beneath the Neon Egg,” that novel eventually evolved, prior to its publication, into the novel, Bluett’s Blue Hours, which is Book 2 of The Copenhagen Quartet.
  • “Seeing Things”
    Appears in The Virginia Quarterly Review, Spring 1991

Short Works: Essays

Short Works: Song Lyrics

HAMMER album cover, 1970During his connection with the rock group Hammer during the late Sixties, Kennedy was a songwriter under contract to the legendary Bill Graham and briefly managed by Shelly Finkel (who went on to manage Mike Tyson).

Hammer only released one LP, HAMMER (San Francisco/Atlantic label, 1970), on which Kennedy wrote the lyrics for three songs, which won a Popular Panel Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP).

Hammer’s lead guitarist, Jack O’Brien, was Kennedy’s nephew, and the two wrote many songs together. In Kennedy’s words: “Jack, alas, passed away in 1988, only 36 years old. He was a fabulous guitarist. Jack was a fine fellow and is sorely missed.”

Learn more about Hammer at the Music page of this website,
which includes photos, details about Jack O’Brien, biographical sketches of band members, related links, lyrics from selected songs, and audio clips from the album.

Since his work with Hammer, Kennedy has translated song lyrics from the Danish and written a couple of original songs with the Danish rock drummer, René Wulf. He is currently working with songs written by the young Danish poet, Lone Hørslev, one of the editors of the Danish literary magazine, Den Blå Port (The Blue Gate).

Short Works: Interviews of and by Kennedy

Kennedy has interviewed many outstanding contemporary writers — including Andre Dubus II, James Carroll, William Stafford, Duff Brenna, Gladys Swan, Gordon Weaver, and others — and interviews with Kennedy himself have been published in many magazines and aired on television and radio, including Glimmer Train, Frank, South Carolina Review, PIF, The Literary Review, New Letters on the Air, New Letters TV, Danish Television DR2 and TV2, and elsewhere.

Here is a partial list of Kennedy interviews that may be found on the Web:

Short Works: Reviews by Kennedy

Short Works: Tributes to Kennedy

  • “A True Gentleman and Scribe”
    By Christopher Klim
    Appears in Pif

    Klim calls Kennedy “one of the greatest living short story writers.”
  • “The Making of Thomas E. Kennedy: Copenhagen Quartet”
    By Greg Herriges
    Appears in South Carolina Review, Vol. 38.1, Fall 2005
  • “One evening Kennedy took to the podium. A modest man, he began his reading and I barely took notice, except to reflect on his accent, which was one part New York and an equal share British, it seemed to me. But within a few minutes it became apparent that the voice was wrapped around staggeringly beautiful prose and a story of remarkable proportions. This fellow Kennedy, I realized with the grudging envy that writers naturally have for other, better writers, was a storyteller of the first order.…”
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