Thomas Gresham

Writer, San Diego


Thomas Gresham is a fiction writer, filmmaker, and screenwriter from Texas now living in San Diego. He has work published in Superstition Review, Permafrost, Rougarou, and The Ocotillo Review, and has received finalist recognition for awards for his writings and screenplays.



Who are you?

I am still trying to figure this out. But so far I’ve got these words: selfish, selfless, tired, hyperactive, productive, lazy, funny, unfunny, and fart. (I did say “unfunny”). But mostly I am a writer and filmmaker.

We recognize the coast line of Southern California on your roll, are you born and raised?

I was born and raised in Texas. Houston and Austin. Moved to San Diego a couple of years ago. Not thinking about moving back.

Who are the few people on your pictures?

The two people in the pictures are myself and my partner, Valorie Ruiz. She’s an amazing poet. Google her!

If you were to meet a good Genie who allows you one single wish, what would you wish?

I would wish for all hateful, negative people to suddenly lose their voice and their ability to read and write––so that all they can do is listen to the people who have positive, important things to say.

What is photography to you?

Photography is proof of a memory or proof that a moment you had existed. It’s also a means to compare. Like “I did this” but also “And this is what the camera saw.” How is my perception different than the camera? What does that mean? It’s hyperreality.

How the experience of shooting our disposable camera?

Shooting with the camera was easy and so much fun. I wanted to take pictures of EVERYTHING. But had to stop myself. The limited number of pictures in the roll made me really think about what I wanted to shoot.


Your idea of happiness?

Being productive.

Your idea of misery?

Being stagnant.

If not yourself, who would you be? 

Harrison Ford.

Your heroes? 

Paul Thomas Anderson and Myself in 10 years.

What is your present state of mind? 



A song? 

Vitamin C by Can.

Right or left handed? 

Right Handed.

What is the best dish you can cook?


What is your middle name?


What do you do in your free time?

YOUTUBE (a seriously unhealthy addiction)––This is also the title of my memoir.

What inspires you? 

Well-made movies.

What do you do for money?

Teach/tutor, editor for Fiction International.

What do you do for pleasure? 



Bedside table books? 

Homesick for Another World by Ottessa Moshfegh (ask again in a few days and it’ll be something different).

What do you do if you can’t sleep at night?

Read or write until I pass out with the book hitting my face, which wakes me up and I scream and then fall asleep again a couple of seconds later.

Do you collect?

Books, but I’m trying to cut back.

Tea or coffee? 

Absurd amounts of coffee injected directly into the brain.

What is the strangest thing you believed as a child? 

That Dan Aykroyd lived in my AC vents.

A color? 


A city? 

San Diego.

What are your plans for this weekend? 

I don’t know how to plan things.

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