Hi, my name’s Tim Gorichanazgor-SHON-iz. I’m curious, in both senses of the word: I have a lot of questions, and they say I’m a little on the weird side. In my work, I aim to inspire us all to appreciate the wonder of the world.
I also write fiction and poetry and run ultramarathons. Sometimes I write novels about or while running, and sometimes I do research while and about running. Sometimes I do other things, like paint and practice classical guitar. Check out some of my most recent activities below.
Here is more about me now (inspired by Derek Sivers).
Reading: In 2018 I read 100 books. Maybe I'll do it again in 2019. I recently read Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing. It's a page-turning account of an Antarctic expedition gone horribly wrong—a classic adventure story of the modern-day.
Location: I’ve lived in (West) Philadelphia since 2014. It’s very walkable and bikeable, and there are a lot of trees. Best of all, there’s a vibrant running scene, a lot of art and great food. Come visit!
Research Career: I have a PhD in information studies (graduated in 2018), and I study personal meaning, morality and understanding in people's experiences with information technology and documents. My current research is looking at how art-based technologies can help teach morality and inspire self-reflection.
Running: I started running when I was 20, and I’ve grown to love it. I generally run one or two 100-mile races a year now, plus a medley of shorter races. My next planned race is Vermont 100 in July. I’m also a volunteer running leader and mentor with Students Run Philly Style.
Writing: I’m a congenital fiction writer. I’ve penned a handful of novels and short stories. Several of my short stories have been published in literary magazines. One of my recent short story publications is The River God, in Alexandria Quarterly. In addition to fiction, I write essays and poetry, some of which have also been published.
Guitar: I’ve monkeyed around on the guitar since about eighth grade, but I didn’t practice with gusto until I started my PhD program. (Correlation?) I recently discovered a love for classical guitar, and now I’m working through the online lessons on Classical Guitar Corner.