Andrew Ervin was born in Media, Pennsylvania. He has lived in Budapest, Hungary, Illinois, and Louisiana and now resides in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is married to the flutist Elivi Varga.
Ervin holds a BA in Philosophy and Religion (Goucher College), an MS in English (Illinois State University) and MFA in Fiction (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign). He was the first-ever Southern Review Resident Scholar at Louisiana State University. He was previously the Kratz Writer-in-Residence at Goucher College. He currently teaches part-time in the Honors Program at Temple University and was a 2016-2017 Digital Studies Fellow at Rutgers University-Camden.
As a fiction writer, his short stories have appeared in the literary journals Conjunctions, Fiction International, The Southern Review, Another Chicago Magazine, Monkeybicycle and Golden Handcuffs Review. His fiction has been included in the anthologies Chicago Noir (2005), Mythtym (2008), Topograph (2010), and Gigantic Worlds (2014).
His story “The Light of Two Million Stars” in Conjunctions was listed among the “distinguished submissions” in Best American Short Stories 2010, edited by Richard Russo.
Selections of his fiction appear online at Hobart, Significant Objects, Revolver and Journal of Compressed Creative Arts.
His first book was a collection of novellas, Extraordinary Renditions, published in 2010. Publisher’s Weekly included Extraordinary Renditions on its list of the “Best Books of 2010.” That book was a long-list finalist for The Story Prize
Ervin’s debut novel Burning Down George Orwell’s House was published in 2015 by Soho Press. The Paris-based publishing house Éd Joelle Losfeld/Gallimard published the French translation.
As a critic, Ervin has published hundreds of book reviews and essays in USA Today, New York Times Book Review, The Believer, Philadelphia Inquirer, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Miami Herald, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, American Book Review and elsewhere. Selections of his critical essays can be found online at Salon, The Rumpus, Conversational Reading and Publishing Perspectives.
His first book-length work of criticism Bit by Bit: How Video Games Transformed Our World, a “cultural and experiential history of video games, from Tennis for Two (1958) to Minecraft and beyond, drawing on art criticism and interviews with seminal game creators” was published by Basic Books in May 2017.
As an editor, Ervin interned at the publishing houses Dalkey Archive Press and FC2. He guest edited two issues of American Book Review. He has worked at the literary magazines Monkeybicycle, Ninth Letter and The Southern Review and is currently a contributing editor at Philadelphia Review of Books.Novel
Burning Down George Orwell’s House (Soho Press, 2015), ISBN 978-1616954949
Extraordinary Renditions: 3 Novellas (Coffee House Press, 2010), ISBN 978-1566892469
"Bit by Bit: How Video Games Transformed Our World" (Basic Books, 2017), ISBN 978-0465039708