Philipp Meyer grew up in a working class neighborhood in Baltimore, Maryland, dropping out of high school at age sixteen. After several years working as a bicycle mechanic and a volunteer in a city trauma center, he decided to go to college, eventually graduating from Cornell University.
After Cornell, he spent several years as a derivatives trader for a Swiss investment bank, shuttling to London and Zurich before deciding to pursue writing full-time. Since leaving Wall Street, he‘s done stints as an EMT and construction worker. He was one of the first EMT’s to reach New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, driving his own car there and arriving approximately in the middle of the storm. From 2005-2008, he was a fellow at the Michener Center for Writers in Austin, TX.
His work has been published in Salon, McSweeney’s and The Iowa Review, his short fiction has been anthologized in New Stories from the South and given a notable mention in Best American Short Stories. He’s been a fellow at the Yaddo, Blue Mountain Center, Ucross, and Anderson Center artists’ colonies. He currently lives in Texas, where he is an avid outdoorsman.
Agent Name: Peter Straus