Neel Patel's short fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Indiana ReviewThe Southampton Review, Hyphen Magazine, The American Literary Review, and on Nerve.com. He lives in Los Angeles, where he is completing a collection of stories called: If You See Me, Don't Say Hi

In addition to writing, Neel enjoys cooking, dancing, and entertaining his friends. He grew up in a small Midwestern town—and often sets his stories there. His literary influences include Raymond Carver, Jhumpa Lahiri, and Junot Diaz.