His first novel was You Remind Me of Me (2004). His short-story collections Fitting Ends (1996) and Among the Missing (2001) were both well-received; the latter was a finalist for a National Book Award and was also named one of the year's ten best books by the American Library Association and as a notable book of the year by The New York Times.. His 2012 short story collection, Stay Awake, was a finalist for The Story Prize.
Chaon's short stories have won the Pushcart Prize and the O. Henry Award and have been included in the Best American Short Stories of 1996 and 2003. He was awarded the 2006 Academy Award in Literature from The American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Chaon was adopted and grew up in a village of 20 people outside of Sidney, Nebraska. His father was a construction worker and his mother was a stay-at-home mom. As a middle schooler, Chaon wrote a fan letter to Ray Bradbury, beginning a correspondence that continued for several years. Chaon graduated from Northwestern and received his MFA from Syracuse. He was married to the late writer Sheila Schwartz and has two teenage sons. He lives in Cleveland Heights, Ohio and teaches creative writing at Oberlin College, where he has worked with such students as Ishmael Beah, Emma Straub, and Lena Dunham.
Short Story Collections
- Fitting Ends (1996)
- Among the Missing (2001)
- Stay Awake (2012) (Ballantine Books) ISBN 978-0345530370
- Castle, Mort and Sam Weller eds. Shadow Story: All New Stories in Celebration of Ray Bradbury. New York: HarperCollins, 2012
- Dan Chaon's website
- Dan Chaon: Meat is the Reward on NPR
- Interview in The Believer
- Interview in SmokeLong Quarterly, September 15, 2007
- "Shepherdess" a short story in Virginia Quarterly Review
- "Big Me" a short story in Gettysburg Review