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Terence Hawkins is a writer, editor, and teacher.
In naming it a Best Book of 2014, Kirkus Reviews called Hawkins' most recent novel, American Neolithic, "a towering work of speculative fiction." In a near future that seems closer with every day's news, America has become a Police State Lite. The Patriot Amendments have erased civil liberties; American-born Muslims wear electronic ankle bracelets; black-uniformed Homeland Police savagely root out real and imagined threats to national security. Into this world comes Blingbling, the only literate member of the last surviving band of Neanderthals, suddenly caught up in a hiphop murder and a trial that brings him and his lawyer into a confrontation that threatens to destroy them both.
In his first book, The Rage of Achilles, Hawkins imagines an Iliad that really happened. Informed by the realities of Bronze Age warfare and Julian Jaynes' theory of the bicameral mind--now a basis for HBO's Westworld--the novel depicts real men and women struggling in the end of a decade-long war, their gods dwindling into hallucinations and half-heard commands as the modern consciousness is suddenly and painfully born. Emily Hauser, author of the forthcoming For the Most Beautiful, said: “Terence Hawkins’ 'The Rage of Achilles' . . . is Greek myth red in tooth and claw. Visceral and to-the-point, it grabs you and doesn’t let go.” Tom Perrotta, author of Little Children and The Leftovers, called it "a rare thing--a genuinely fresh take on a classic text."
Terence Hawkins became the founding director of the Yale Writers' Conference in 2011. Under his leadership, by 2015 it had grown to to include more than three hundred students from every continent but Antarctica. Its faculty featured Colum McCann, Amy Bloom, Nicholson Baker, and Julia Glass. He drew on his experience to start the Company of Writers, offering workshops and manuscript services to writers at all levels of experience.
He attended Yale University, where he majored in history and served as publisher of the Yale Daily News. Later he received a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School. He lives in Connecticut with his wife, the enigmatic and pithy Mrs. H.