Timothy Denevi

Timothy Denevi

Timothy Denevi

Assistant Professor

Creative Writing: Nonfiction; Essay

Timothy Denevi's most recent book is Freak Kingdom: Hunter S. Thompson's Manic Ten-Year Crusade Against American Fascism(2018, Hachette/PublicAffairs). He is also the author of Hyper (2014, Simon & Schuster). His essays on politics, sport, and religion have recently appeared in The Paris Review, New York, Salon, The Normal School, and Literary Hub, which featured his reporting on the 2016 presidential election. He received his MFA in nonfiction from the University of Iowa, and he's been awarded fellowships by the MacDowell Colony and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Selected Publications


"A New Book Describes Hunter. S. Thompson's Prescience" The Atlantic

"Inside Hunter S. Thompson's Battle Against American Fascism" Rolling Stone

Book TV Segment on Freak Kingdom, CSPAN

"New Book Examines Hunter S. Thompson's Crusade Against Fascism" PBS


"Front Row at Michael Bennet's Senate-Floor Dismantling of Ted Cruz," Literary Hub, 2019

"Fear and Loathing at Richard Nixon's Inauguration," from FREAK KINGDOM Time, 2019

"Hunter S. Thompson in Chicago, 1968: The Battle for the Democratic Party's Soul," from FREAK KINGDOM  Salon, 2018

"On American Fascism and the Self-Destruct Button at the Heart of Our Democracy" CNN.com, 2018

"The Unite the Right Rally in DC: Defining American Fascism in the 21st Century" Salon, 2018

"The Last Days of Robert F. Kennedy: On the Radical Compassion of an American Icon" Literary Hub, 2018

"On RFK's Murder and Conspiracy Theories" Salon, 2018

"Hear the Real Dr. Gonzo Roar" Salon, 2018

"Backcourt at the US OPEN: On Time, Age, and Politics" Literary Hub, 2017

"Richard Nixon, Barry Goldwater, and Hunter S. Thompson at the 1964 RNC" The Paris Review, 2017

"The Temple" The Normal School, 2017

"At CPAC: The Dark, Orwellian Power of Steve Bannon" Literary Hub, 2017

"The Future is a Ceiling of Impossible Water" Scoundrel Time, 2017

"January 20th, 2017: "Jesus Christ at the Inauguration" Literary Hub, 2017

"On Impulsiveness, Authenticity, and Donald Trump" New York, 2017

"November 8th, 2016: A Long, Sad Night in Washington, DC" Literary Hub, 2016

"On Amphetamine, Authority, and Hunter S. Thompson" New York, 2016

Essays from the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, Literary Hub, 2016
     "On the Road to Cleveland: Trump Speaks to the Werewolf in Us"
     "Tuesday in Cleveland, Republicans Sing 'Shake it Off'"
     "Wednesday in Cleveland: A Full-Blown Roman Circus"
     "Cleveland, Last Days: Trump's Speech, The End"
     "Bernie Bros and Trump Thugs: A Hot Day in Philadelphia"
     "At the Last Day of the DNC: Maybe the World Won't Come to an End"


Freak Kingdom PublicAffairs/Hachette, 2018

Hyper Simon & Schuster, 2014

Expanded Publication List