Chris Drangle grew up in Arkansas and went to school in New Orleans. Before earning an MFA in fiction at Cornell University, he worked as a car washer, a radio DJ, a legal assistant, a copywriter, and the guy who drives the caged golf cart at driving ranges.
He taught creative writing workshops and first-year writing seminars at Cornell, where he also served as an assistant editor for Epoch magazine. He has taught creative writing to high school students in Kazakhstan, was the recipient of the Margaret Bridgman Scholarship in Fiction at the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow from 2015 to 2017.
He is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and lives in Oakland, California.