Tom Drury is from the American Midwest. As a teenager he walked beans and worked at a grain elevator, though he doubts that people walk beans anymore, and the grain elevator is gone, as are the railroad tracks that brought the boxcars to the grain elevator.
He's written five novels, and his writing has appeared in The New Yorker, A Public Space, Ploughshares, Granta, The Mississippi Review, Harper's Magazine, and Tricycle: The Buddhist Review. His work has been supported by the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Academy in Berlin, and MacDowell.
From 2015 to 2019 he lived in Berlin, and his novels have been translated into Italian, German, Spanish, and French. His favorite places in Berlin are Laidak and the former airfield known as Tempelhofer Feld.
He's taught creative writing at the Iowa Writers' Workshop, Wesleyan University, Hollins University, the University of Leipzig, Bard College Berlin, and the Berlin Writers' Workshop, for which one of his classes met in the backroom of a cozy bar on Karl-Marx-Platz. He's back in the U.S. now, living in Iowa City.
Berlin Prize Fellowship
National Book Awards Longlist, Pacific
New York Times Editors' Choice, Pacific
San Francisco Chronicle Recommended Books, Pacific
New York Times Editors' Choice, The Driftless Area
Chicago Tribune Best Books, The Driftless Area
San Francisco Chronicle Best Books, The Driftless Area
GQ’s Best Books of Last 45 Years, The End of Vandalism
New York Times Notable Books, Hunts in Dreams
Granta's Best Young American Novelists
Best of BBC Radio’s Recent Short Fiction
New York Magazine Best Books, The End of Vandalism
Publishers Weekly Best Books, The End of Vandalism