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Tom Poland

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Tom Poland is the author of fourteen books and more than 2,000 magazine features and columns. Tom writes about the South, its people, culture, natural wealth, and beautiful detritus—ruins, old cemeteries, and abandonment in its many forms. He travels back roads looking for places lost in time, captivating people, and natural beauty. Much of his work finds its way into books, columns, essays, and features. A serious amateur photographer, his images illustrate and support his books, features, and columns.


A member of the SC Humanities Speaker’s Bureau, he speaks often to audiences in Georgia and South Carolina. Governor Henry McMaster conferred the Order of the Palmetto upon him for his body of work, saying, “His work is exceptional to the state.”


Writing that evokes a sense of place and fluid, lean prose appeal to Tom. Favorite writers are James Salter, Cormac McCarthy, Pat Conroy, and James Dickey.


Less is more and he puts that philosophy into effect in his commercial work: website content, corporate communications, advertising copy, company profiles, media scripts, presentations, and speeches.

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