Bissell, Tom

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Bissell, Tom Gender: M
Thomas Carlisle Bissell
born on 9 January 1974 at 07:40 (= 07:40 AM )
Place Escanaba, Michigan, 45n45, 87w04
Timezone EDT h4w (is daylight saving time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 18°50' s_mo.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 02°31 Asc.s_sagcol.18.gif 21°17'

Tom Bissell (at the 2012 Comic-Con International)
photo: Dominic "Count3D" Dobrzensky, license cc-by-sa-2.0


American journalist, critic, fiction writer, and Guggenheim laureate, whose writing is mainly concerned with issues of international relations and literary criticism, however with frequent references to Star Wars, J.R.R. Tolkien, and video games as well.

His books have earned him several prizes, including the Rome Prize, the Anna Akhmatova Prize, and the Best Travel Writing Award from Peace Corps Writers. His journalism has been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing and The Best American Science Writing.

Bissell's story "Expensive Trips Nowhere" was filmed as The Loneliest Planet (2011). His story "Aral" inspired Werner Herzog's 2016 film Salt and Fire.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Financial : Gain significant money 2010 (Guggenheim Fellowship)

Source Notes

Sy Scholfield provided birth notice, The Escanaba Daily Press (Michigan), 11 January 1974, p. 5.


  • Lifestyle : Financial : Gain - Grant, Scholarship, etc. (Guggenheim Fellowship)
  • Vocation : Writers : Autobiographer
  • Vocation : Writers : Columnist/ journalist
  • Vocation : Writers : Critic
  • Vocation : Writers : Fiction
  • Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script (Video games)
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Rome Prize; Writers Guild of America Award)