Barry Yourgrau

Fiction writer/memoirist/ journalist/performer. Books: A Man Jumps out of an Airplane; MESS; etc

David Byrne: “I can never remember my dreams so Mr. Yourgrau’s stories are a pretty good substitute.” Writer & performer Barry Yourgrau is author of much-admired books of surreal brief stories, including A Man Jumps Out of an Airplane (2017), Wearing Dad’s Head, Haunted Traveller, and The Sadness of Sex, in whose film version he starred. His memoir, MESS, was published in 2015. He & his work have appeared on MTV & NPR’s “All Things Considered” & “Selected Shorts,” among others. He won a Drama-Logue Award for “Wearing Dad’s Head: The Live Version” & was invited to Sundance Theater Lab to workshop Haunted Traveller. Yourgrau’s brief fictions have appeared in The Paris Review, VICE, Story, Bomb, Monkey Business International, Poetry, Film Comment, and various anthologies. He’s written for the NY Times, New, Wall St Journal, Spin, Paris Review Daily, Salon, Independent (U.K.), Artforum,and elsewhere. He blogs for Born in South Africa, he lives in New York & Istanbul. And travels a lot. His website: