London—Fanshawe

Tom Cull is an environmentalist, poet, creative writing professor, community organizer, dad, and
partner. He completed his PhD at York University in 2012, and now teaches writing classes at Western University and King’s University College.

Tom recently completed a two-year term as Poet Laureate for the City of London where he served as a promoter of London’s literary artists and as a creator of learning opportunities for emerging artists. Tom is also the co-founder and director of Antler River Rally (formally Thames River Rally), a grassroots environmental movement that works to conserve and protect London’s waterways while promoting citizen stewardship and direct action.

Tom is an active promoter of community building, urban renewal, and environmental conservation. He has been a board member with the Urban League of London and for the Back to the River Steering Committee. For his efforts with Antler River Rally, Tom has been awarded Western’s Green Award, The Mayor’s Featured Community Organization, and Nature London’s Environmental Hero Award.

In his role as Poet Laureate, Tom worked to bridge the environment and the arts; his legacy
project involved being a lead organizer for a three-day event called “The River Talks: A Gathering at Deshkan Ziibi/Thames River.” This event —part tribute, part summit, part community gathering— included events and art focused on river ecology, hydrology, culture, history, conservation, gender, and social justice. Featuring Indigenous leaders, water protectors, water managers, conservationists, environmentalists, activists, artists, and academics, the event asked Londoners to re-imagine and respect its green spaces and water-ways.

Tom’s commitment to exploring human connections with animals and nature extends to his creative writing and is evident in his 2013 chapbook, What the Badger Said, and his 2018 full-length collection, Bad Animals.