tommycoffeeTommy Tomlinson spent 15 years as a prize-winning local columnist for the Charlotte Observer. He writes for magazines including Sports Illustrated, Reader’s Digest, ESPN the Magazine, Southern Living, Our State and many others. He has also written for websites including Sports on Earth and

His stories were chosen for the books “Best American Sports Writing 2012” and “America’s Best Newspaper Writing.” In 2005, he was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary. He has also taught writing at Queens University in Charlotte and at workshops across the country.

He is a graduate of the University of Georgia and was a 2008-09 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Tommy and his wife, Alix Felsing, live in Charlotte with their old yellow Lab, Fred.


8 thoughts on “Bio

  1. Tommy..hope to see more of your writings in the Observer again! Are you going to offer more writing courses @ Queens??


  2. I grieved at the note of despair in your CO column today. Whatever you bear on your soul, the real man will never go away. There are many fans who love you and wish you well.

  3. Hope you will be in Charlotte….love your writings. Good luck to you !

  4. Tommy,
    I read your article in the Observer today and I commend you on your journey. This is a website that truely changed my life ( and it can definately do the same for you. I wish you well on your journey.


  5. Tommy,
    I have read your articles for years, cried with many, have taught yoga at the Charlotte Observer for the last 5 years, and read your today’s article in the Observer with much interest.
    I am an integrative health coach, as well as a yoga teacher and social worker. I love to work with people like you, with motivation for growth and change.
    I don’t usually make “cold calls,” but could not resist this am. I invite you to take a look at my website, and if inspired, give me a call or send an email.
    All best to you with your big hill, and all the rest!
    Nancy Nicholson
    August 27, 2013

  6. Your farewell column in the Observer today was great! I will miss your stories. As one of the few guys in this country who does not follow sports, I am not likely to read much of your future work. But I wish you well.

    By the way, I shared your post on Facebook about the upcoming vote on the marriage amendment. It was fabulous.

    Best wishes!

  7. We’re past spring; are you coming back to Charlotte? I have so missed your insightful columns and truly hope you aren’t one of the recent changes the Observer has made.

  8. Am I really the first comment? For a totally different blog, see cbjgarden.

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