Nick Reding was born in Saint Louis, Missouri, and received his B.A. in Creative Writing and English Literature from Northwestern University in 1994. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from N.Y.U., where he was a University Fellow from 1995 til 1997. He lived in New York City for thirteen years, where he worked as a magazine editor, a graduate school professor, and a freelance writer. His first book, The Last Cowboys at the End of the World, was published by Crown in 2001. Methland is his second book. He has written for Harper’s, Food and Wine, Outside, Fast Company, Details, and The New York Times Book Review. He lives with his wife and children in Saint Louis. His third book, Heartland, about what the Midwest will look like in fifty years, will be published in 2015.



Methland makes the case that small-town America is perhaps not the moral and hard-working place of the public imagination, but it also argues that big-city ignorance – fueled by the media – toward small-town decay is both dangerous and appalling.” – The Washington Post

“Reding neither romanticizes nor moralizes. Instead, he opens a window onto a disturbing landscape that we might not want to see, but that we can’t avoid.” – The Los Angeles Times

The New York Times, Wasted LandWalter Kirn, July 1, 2009

The Huffington Post Book Review, Peter Van Buren, January 21, 2014