Next Picador Professor Tom Drury

American Studies Leipzig is proud to announce Tom Drury as our next Picador Guest Professor for Literature. He will hold the professorship in the summer term of 2017.

Tom Drury is the author of five novels and numerous short stories and essays. A native of Iowa, he confronts his readers with the intricacies of life in American small towns and the Midwest in many of his stories' literary worlds. Drury achieved early recognition with his novel The End of Vandalism (1994), which was picked as an ALA Notable Book in 1995 and has been described as a “masterpiece” and a “slow march to greatness” by The Independent. His other novels include The Black Brook (1998), Hunts in Dreams (2000), The Driftless Area (2006), and Pacific (2013), which have been translated, among others, into Spanish, French, and German. Drury's short stories have been published in the New Yorker, Harper's, Ploughshares, and other venues. Additionally, he also recently cowrote a screenplay for the film adaptation of The Driftless Area (2015).

Drury has been praised as a “major figure in American literature” (The New York Times) and “an overlooked giant of American comic fiction” (The Guardian), and he has been mentioned alongside an “extraordinary generation of American novelists” including Jonathan Franzen, Dave Eggers, and David Foster Wallace (The Independent). Among many other awards, he has received a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Berlin Prize Fellowship, and he was featured on the National Book Awards Longlist. Drury holds a BA in Journalism and an MA in English and Creative Writing, and he has been a writer-in-residence and visiting writer at Hollins University and Wesleyan University. His most recent book, Pacific, will be published alongside The End of Vandalism and Hunts in Dreams as a 'Midwest trilogy' in German by Klett-Cotta in the fall of 2017.

Professor Drury will be teaching two classes during his term as the Picador Professor for Literature, a seminar on “Town & Country: Rural Spaces in American Fiction” as well as a “Short Story Workshop.”

The Picador Professorship for Literature at the University of Leipzig is unique in Germany. Located at the University's American Studies Program, it is based on a partnership between the Veranstaltungsforum der Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, the DAAD, and the University of Leipzig. For more information on the Picador Professorship for Literature, please refer to

Meet Tom Drury

American Studies Leipzig is very much interested in organizing Picador Professorship Events (readings, round tables, panel discussions, etc.) with local, regional, and national partners. If you are interested in inviting Tom Drury for such events, please contact American Studies Leipzig directly ( to discuss possible arrangements.