Tom Beer grew up in Corning, New York, and Concord Massachusetts, and attended Carleton College. He has worked at Bantam Books, and from 1995 to 2000 he was an editor at Out magazine. Since then he has worked as a freelance editor and journalist, and his nonfiction writing has appeared in Newsday, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, InStyle, Travel + Leisure, A&E Biography magazine, Poz magazine, and other publications. In 2004 he was the recipient of a New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in fiction. He is currently at work on a collection of stories set in Sri Lanka, where he lived in 1989 and 1990.