Tom Artin was educated at Princeton University, with a B.A. in English, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature (concentration in Medieval literature). He has taught at Drexel University, Swarthmore College, U. Mass, Lowell, Rockland Community College, and Empire State College. After fifteen years and tenure, he left the academic world for a full-time career as a jazz trombonist, pursuing a passion that had begun in 7th grade in the jazz band of American composer John Harbison. As a member of various ensembles, he has toured the U.S. and Europe. For the past two decades, he has also pursued professionally a second life-long passion, photography. His work has been exhibited in numerous one-man and group shows in the U.S. and Germany.
Tom Artin is the author of three books: Earth Talk: Independent Voices on the Environment;The Allegory of Adventure: Reading Chrétien’s Erec and Yvain; and The Wagner Complex: Genesis and Meaning of The Ring.