Todd Sullivan attended his first serious writing class in 1995 at Stanford University. Between 1997 and 2002, he participated in the National Book Foundation's 10 day summer writing retreats. There, he worked with such renown authors as Norma Fox Mazer, Kimiko Hahn, Cornelius Eady, and Jacqueline Woodson. He also had the privilege to work with Dorothy Allison, author of BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA. At the National Book Foundation, Todd learned a lesson that has been the foundation of his writing every since. While most ordinary people can keep the secrets of their inner lives to themselves, writers don't have that luxury. Craft all the perfect lines and engaging dialog and complex plots that we want, but if we aren’t ingraining into the narrative mix something deeper and more personal about ourselves, then our writing will always remain grounded.
In 2006, Todd graduated with a Bachelors in English with Concentrations in Creative Writing from Georgia State University. He moved to New York that same year, and received a Masters of Fine Arts from Queens College in Flushing, New York in 2009. Though living in New York had always been a dream, his actual three years as a resident in the city that never sleeps was disappointing. Real New York is nothing like the movies.
Todd moved to Jeju, South Korea, where he taught English in the public school system for five years. While living in Jeju, he began studying the martial arts Kumdo/Kendo, and reached 2nd Dan. After Jeju, he moved to Seoul, where he lived for two years. While in Seoul, he studied the Korean language at Yonsei University and Sogang University. He also continued practicing Kumdo/Kendo, and was able to reach the high level of 3rd Dan. When he finished his Korean studies, he took a teaching job in Suncheon-Si in Jeollanam-do province, where he teaches pre-K students English. He is also currently working on a speculative fiction/urban horror novel tentatively titled GWI'SHIN.
Words don't die once uttered, but float in the wind, like seeds, with the power to change landscapes.