is a graduate of the MFA Creative Writing Program at UC Irvine and a former Santa Monica College student of writer Jim Krusoe. His short stories, essays and commentaries have appeared widely. He teaches Composition at UC Irvine, where he is the president of the union representing Lecturers and Librarians. As "The Bibliofella," he blogs on books every Sunday morning at the
http://blogs.ocweekly.com/navelgazing/oc_bookly/. Tonkovich is a staff participant at the annual summer Community of Writers at Squaw Valley and hosts a weekly Wednesday night literary arts program on Pacifica Radio KPFK 90.7 FM in Southern California. For info on the program visit the station's website
or the Bibliocracy Radio blog
. A recent story appears in the anthology
Best American Nonrequired Reading 2013.
is the author of five books of poetry, the short story collection
and the novels
Girl Factory, Erased, Toward You
He is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Lila Wallace Reader's Digest Fund.
Jim Krusoe teaches creative writing at Antioch University and Santa Monica College.