Tristan Hughes was born in Atikokan in northern Ontario and brought up on the Welsh island of Ynys Mon. He was educated at the universities of York and Edinburgh, and King's College, Cambridge, where he completed a PhD on Herman Melville’s South Sea writings. He has taught courses on American literature and creative writing at the universities of Leipzig and Bangor and is currently a Reader in Creative Writing at Cardiff University.
He is the author of four novels, Send My Cold Bones Home, Revenant, Eye Lake and Hummingbird - which won the Edward Stanford Award for Fiction with a Sense of Place and the Wales Book of Year People’s Choice Award - as well as a collection of linked short stories, The Tower. His short fiction has appeared in various journals, including Ploughshares, The Southern Review, and New Welsh Review. He is a winner of the Rhys Davies short story prize and an O. Henry Award.