Patrick Ryan is the author of The Dream Life of Astronauts and Send Me, as well as 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, The Yale Review and elsewhere. His nonfiction has been published by Granta and has appeared in Tales of Two Cities 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 work has been chosen for Barnes & Noble’s Discover Great New Writers series and his first book was a finalist for The Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize.
Patrick Eugene Ryan (born 1965), who has also written under the name P. E. Ryan, was born in Washington, D.C., in 1965 and raised in Florida. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1987 from Florida State University and his Master of Fine Arts in 1990 from the Writing Program at Bowling Green State University. His story “So Much for Artemis” earned him a National Endowment for the Arts in Fiction and was included in The Best American Short Stories 2006. His story “Getting Heavy With Fate” received the 2005 Smart Family Foundation Award for Fiction.