Patrick Ryan is the author of The Dream Life of Astronauts (named one of the Best Books of the Year by the St. Louis Times-Dispatch, LitHub, Refinery 29, and Electric Literature, and long-listed for The Story Prize) and Send Me (a finalist for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize). He is also the author of three novels for young adults: Saints of Augustine, In Mike We Trust, and Gemini Bites. His fiction has appeared in The Best American Short Stories, Tin House, One Story, Crazyhorse, Catapult, The Iowa Review, Yale Review and elsewhere. His nonfiction has appeared in Tales of Two Cities, Granta, and other anthologies.
He is the recipient of a MacDowell Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction. His first book was chosen for Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers series.
Patrick grew up in Florida. He earned a BA from Florida State University and an MFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. He has been a janitor, a Sears Service Center operator, a waiter, a deli-worker, a housepainter, a window-glazer, a supply room clerk, a college instructor, an office supply center dispatcher, a bartender, and a word processor. The former associate editor of Granta, he is the editor of both One Story and One Teen Story. He lives in New York City.