Adam Ross was born and raised in New York City and attended the Trinity School, where he was a state champion wrestler. A child actor, he has appeared in movies, commercials, and television shows, as well as on radio dramas such as The Eternal Light and E.G. Marshall’s Mystery Theater.
He was graduated with departmental honors in English from Vassar College and holds an M.A. and M.F.A. in creative writing from Hollins University and Washington University respectively, where he studied with Richard Dillard, Stanley Elkin, and William Gass.
Ross and his wife relocated to Nashville in 1995, where they continue to reside with their two daughters. From 1999–2003, he was a feature writer and special projects editor for the Nashville Scene, the city’s alternative weekly. His column, Mondo Nashville, covered the city’s local oddballs and off-kilter luminaries. His stories ranged in subjects from the city’s porn king, Al Woods, to race relations, to interviews with homegrown movie star, Reese Witherspoon. His nonfiction has been published in The New York Times Book Review, The Daily Beast, The Nashville Scene, Tin House, and The Wall Street Journal. His fiction has appeared in The Berlin Journal, the Carolina Quarterly, and The Sunday Times of London.
Mr. Peanut, a 2010 New York Times Notable Book, was also named one of the best books of the year by The New Yorker, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New Republic, and The Economist. It has been published in 16 countries. Ladies and Gentlemen, his short story collection, was included in Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2011 and included “In the Basement,” a finalist for the 2012 BBC International Story Award. Ross was a 2013–2014 Hodder Fellow at Princeton University. Currently, he is the Mary Ellen von der Heyden Fellow in Fiction at The American Academy in Berlin, where he is working on a novel.