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Thomas Jay Drury is an American writer.

Tom Drury
GenreLiterary Fiction, Regionalism

He was born in Iowa, in 1956, grew up in the small town of Swaledale and received his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Iowa in 1980.[1]

For the next five years, Drury worked at a series of newspapers, including the Danbury News-Times, the Litchfield County Times, and The Providence Journal until he was accepted to the graduate writing program at Brown University in 1985.[citation needed] After his short stories were published in Harper's Magazine, the North American Review, and The New Yorker, he was contacted by Sarah Chalfant of the Wylie Agency.

His first novel, The End of Vandalism, was published in 1994 by Houghton Mifflin,[2] and was chosen as an ALA Notable Book in 1995.

In 1996, an excerpt of Hunts in Dreams appeared in GRANTA 54, Summer 1996: The Best of Young American Novelists, published by Granta magazine.[3] In 2000-2001 he was a recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship.

Drury is also the author of The Black Brook (1998), Hunts in Dreams (2000), The Driftless Area (2006), and Pacific (2013) as well as works in the Mississippi Review and The New York Times Magazine. He was a writing instructor at Wesleyan University, and taught as a visiting writer at Florida State University, La Salle University, and Yale University. He also served as an editor at the St. Petersburg Times.[4]

He currently lives in New York City and Berlin.


  • In Our state (1989)
  • The End of Vandalism (1994)
  • The Black Brook (1998)
  • Hunts in Dreams (2000)
  • The Driftless Area (2006)
  • Pacific (2013)


  1. ^ "PW: Tom Drury: American Strains of Humor". Publishers Weekly. 2000-05-22. Archived from the original on 2010-12-19. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  2. ^ "Author Tom Drury to Visit Gustavus Adolphus College - Posted on September 20th, 2006 by News Office". Gustavus Adolphus College. 2006-09-20. Retrieved 2010-12-19.
  3. ^ "Best of Young American Novelists". Granta Magazine. Granta Publications (54). Summer 1996.
  4. ^ "Florida Writers' Festival, Spring 2003". Retrieved 2010-12-19.