Brian Van Reet was born in Houston. Following the September 11 attacks, he left the University of Virginia and enlisted in the U.S. Army as a tank crewman. He served in Iraq and was awarded a Bronze Star for valor. 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, Fire and Forget, 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.