Timothy Denevi

Timothy Denevi

Timothy Denevi

Assistant Professor

Creative Writing: Nonfiction; Essay

Timothy Denevi's first book is Hyper (Simon & Schuster, 2014). His next book, Freak Kingdom, is forthcoming from PublicAffairs/Hachette. His essays on politics, sport, and religion have recently appeared in The Paris Review, New York Magazine, Salon, The Normal School, and Literary Hub. 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


Excerpt from FREAK KINGDOM: "Hunter S. Thompson in Chicago, 1968: The Battle for the Democratic Party's Soul" 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 Magazine, 2017

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

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

"Hunter S. Thompson and Oscar Zeta Acosta in the Desert: A 45-Year Retrospective" American Short Fiction, 2016

"Pigs, Sea" The Normal School, Spring 2015

"Ken Kesey, Hunter S. Thompson and The Hell's Angels at La Honda" American Short Fiction, 2015

"The Wolfman in Barry Bonds" Hobart Handbooks: Baseball Anthology, 2015

"John the Baptist" Gulf Coast, Fall 2014


Freak Kingdom PublicAffairs/Hachette, 2018

Hyper Simon & Schuster, 2014

Expanded Publication List


Review: FREAK KINGDOM by Timothy Denevi Kirkus, 2018

Writers Remember James Salter American Short Fiction, 2015

Panel: Creative Facting NonfictoNOW Conference, 2015

Book Brahmnin: An Interview with Timothy Denevi Shelf Awareness, 2014

Doubled Perspective: An Interview with Timothy Denevi Tin House, 2014

A Personal Chat with Timothy Denevi Biographile, 2014

Guest Appearance The Kojo Nnamdi Show, WAMU, 2014

ADHD through the Years Think, KERA, 2014

PEN-Faulkner Literary Reading Series With Judith Warner and Mary Kay Zuravleff, 2014