Born March 7, 1967 in Batavia, New York, Thom Satterlee is a novelist, poet, and literary translator. As a child and young adult he loved to play soccer. Passion for “the world’s game” led him to spend his junior year of high school as an exchange student in Kolding, Denmark, where he learned that (more than likely) he would never become a worldclass soccer player.
Gradually, his interests turned to literature and writing. At Houghton College he studied with the poet John Leax. After earning two graduate degrees (M.A., SUNY Brockport; M.F.A., University of Arkansas) he began his college teaching career at the University of Miami. Two years later, he accepted a tenure-track position at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. He taught at Taylor for eleven years, and was granted tenure and a promotion to associate professor. In 2011, he resigned from teaching and has been a full-time writer and translator ever since.
To date he has published a collection of poems, a novel, two books of poetry in translation, and three co-edited works. His honors include a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship in Poetry, an American Library Association Notable Book Award, and the American-Scandinavian Foundation Translation Prize. In 2014, Thom received a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant.
With his wife, Kathy, he lives in Marion, Indiana.