Patrick Ryan is the author of The Dream Life of Astronauts (named one 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 been published in Tales of Two Cities, Granta, and other anthologies.
He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Fiction and a Smart Family Foundation Award for Fiction. His first book was chosen for Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers series.
Patrick grew up in Florida and has lived in different parts of Virginia. He earned a BA from Florida State University and an MFA from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. A former janitor, deli worker, housepainter, window glazer, supply room clerk, college instructor, bartender, and word processor, and the former associate editor of Granta, he is the current editor of One Story. He lives in New York City.