Cullen is currently teaching classes at Gotham Writer's Workshop in:

  • Creative Nonfiction 101
  • Personal Essay Writing
  • Travel Writing
  • True Story: Creative Nonfiction
  • Unbound: Creative Writing


KiriyamaAwardBOC Named 2008 Kiriyama Prize Notable Book

Brother One Cell was named a 2008 Kiriyama Prize Notable Book. This is a prestigious and fairly well known award that has honored many acclaimed writers.

Maine Maritime AcademyBOC Added to Freshman Required Reading

Brother One Cell has been chosen by the Humanities Faculty at Maine Maritime Academy (Castine, ME) as the freshman reading book. The faculty at this regimented and disciplined establishment are excited to have Cullen come and speak about his experience. Details coming soon.

Podcast from Korea Society

The Podcast from the speaking event at the Korea Society is now available for streaming here: Cullen Thomas at the Korea Society.

Korean Translation of BOC will be published in May

The Paperback Edition of Brother One Cell was released in February 2008.

April 3rd, 2008—Reading and Q&A at the Landmark on Main Street

Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 7:30 PM • Sponsored by Angela & Scott Jaggar

The Jeanne Rimsky Theater in the Landmark on Main Street
is located at 232 Main Street, Port Washington, NY 11050

Cullen and Ruth Duffy at Landmark on Main Street


Cullen and Ruth Duffy at Landmark on Main Street

March 18th, 2008—Reading and Q&A at KGB Bar

Non-fiction presents Jane Ganahl, author of Naked on the Page; Rachel Sontag, author of House Rules; and Cullen Thomas, author of Brother One Cell.

KGB Bar is located at 85 East 4th Street, NYC 10003

National Geographic Channel program Locked Up Abroad: Korea

The story of Brother One Cell will be the subject of an upcoming episode of the National Geographic Channel program "Locked Up Abroad" due for premiere sometime in the summer of 2008.

Video Footage of Cullen's Return to the USA in 1997

Watch it here.

BOC Named One of WorldHum's Favorite Travel Books of 2007

Cullen’s book, about a three-year stint in South Korean prisons, shows how cultural authenticity can be found even in the most extreme and trying situations. —Rolf Potts

World Hum

Conversation at the Korea Society

Thursday, November 29th, 2007—A conversation on Brother One Cell along with Korean history, politics, and culture. Thanks for your attendance.

Click here for pictures from the reading.

Paperback Edition Available Soon

The paperback edition of BOC will be released on February 26, 2008.
Preorder here.

Korean Translation

Bookscope, an imprint of Acanet Publishing Co. of Seoul, has recently acquired the Korean translation rights to Brother One Cell.


Brother One Cell will be released by Viking on March 15, 2007. It is available now on The British version of the book, published by Sidgwick and Jackson, an imprint of Pan Macmillan, was published in June 2006 and is available on

GQ Excerpt, March 2007

An excerpt of Brother One Cell appears in the March 2007 issue of GQ. Click the image to the left to access the pdf file.

BROTHER ONE CELL Audio Book Complete

Random House’s Books On Tape has completed their recording of Brother One Cell. The audio book is now available in a 10-CD set.






©2008 Cullen Thomas.