Brian Van Reet


Brian Van Reet was born in Houston and grew up there and in Maryland. Following the September 11 attacks, he left the University of Virginia, where he was an Echols Scholar, and enlisted in the U.S. Army as a tank crewman. He served in Iraq under stop-loss orders and received a Bronze Star for valor.

After an honorable discharge he studied at the University of Missouri and the University of Texas. His writing has been recognized with awards and fellowships, including from the Michener Center for Writers, and has appeared in the Guardian, the New York Times, the Iowa Review, and many other publications. He has twice won the Texas Institute of Letters short story award. His first novel, Spoils, will be published in five languages.

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