Thomas Cannon was raised on a small dairy farm near Spencer, Wisconsin. While drawn to the honest work of farming, he followed a passion for writing and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Wisconsin- Stevens Point. In August 2021, he was named the Poet Laureate of Oshkosh. Author of many short stories and poems, he is dedicated to growing his local writing community. Each year he helps to organize the Lakefly Writers Conference and co-hosts Author Showcase on the Oshkosh Media Channel. He and his wife have raised three children and have two grandchildren.