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Writer; Editor, The Sewanee Review, Tennessee

Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow in Fiction - Class of Fall 2014

Born and raised in New York City, Adam Ross relocated in 1995 with his family to Nashville. He holds a MFA from Washington University (1994), an MA in creative writing from Hollins University (1992), and BA in English from Vassar College (1989). His debut novel, Mr. Peanut (Knopf, 2010), a New York Times Notable Book and published in 16 countries, was named one of the best books of the year by the New Yorker, Philadelphia Inquirer, New Republic, and the Economist. Ross’s story collection Ladies and Gentlemen (Knopf, 2011) was one of Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2011 and included “In the Basement,” a finalist for the BBC’s International Story Award. His fiction has also appeared in the Carolina Quarterly, Sunday Times of London, and FiveChapters. Ross was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University for the academic year 2013-2014. In February 2016, Ross became the editor of the Sewanee Review, the longest running literary magazine in the United States.


As writer for the Nashville Scene from 1999 to 2003, Ross covered the city’s local oddballs and off-kilter luminaries, as well as books and film. His nonfiction has also been featured in the New York Times Book Review, Daily Beast, Tin House, and the Wall Street Journal. Ross has worked as writer and producer for the short comedy-film Trickle, which won the 1999 American Independent Film Festival, Blue Sky, and South Beach film festivals.

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