Barry Yourgrau

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Author / Performer

Writer and performer Barry Yourgrau is the author of much-admired books of surreal brief stories, including Wearing Dad’s HeadHaunted TravellerA Man Jumps Out of An Airplane, and The Sadness of Sex, in whose film version he starred.

He and his work have appeared on MTV’s “Unplugged–Spoken Word” and NPR’s “All Things Considered” and “Selected Shorts,” among others. He won a Drama-Logue Award for “Wearing Dad’s Head: The Live Version” and was invited to Sundance Theater Lab to workshop Haunted Traveller.

Yourgrau’s fictions have appeared in The Paris ReviewViceStoryBomb,Monkey Business InternationalPoetryFilm Comment, and various anthologies. He’s written for the NY Times, Spin, Huffington PostParis Review Daily, Salon, Independent (U.K.), Artforum,and elsewhere.

Born in South Africa, he lives in New York and Istanbul. And travels a lot.