Tony Wolk is a scholar with an avid interest in Abraham Lincoln, whom he calls, “the essence of a good man.” Tony draws upon fourteen years of research to give a historically accurate feel to his highly imaginative trilogy, Lincoln Out of Time.
Tony Wolk graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism in 1957 and with a master’s in English Literature two years later. After a brief time teaching English at a college of mortuary science, where he says he “loved it, loved the cadavers and formaldehyde, and the living students,” Tony moved to the University of Nebraska, where he completed his PhD in English. In 1965 he moved to Portland, Oregon, and began teaching at Portland State University. Tony continues to teach at PSU, specializing in Renaissance literature, science fiction, and composition.
Wolk published his first article in 1969 and has written steadily ever since. Abraham Lincoln, A Novel Life and Good Friday are the first two books in the Lincoln Out of Time trilogy.
An avid cyclist, Wolk has been riding the same bicycle around Portland since 1969. Having ridden over 55,000 miles, he has had many interesting moments along the way—including talking a girl out of jumping from the Broadway Bridge. His love of cycling is tied to his feeling of being connected to the area, and he brings this sense of connection to his stories, articles, and novels.