Vestal McIntyre was born and raised outside Nampa, Idaho, the youngest of seven. He attended Tufts University in Boston, and lived in New York City where he was a waiter at Restaurant Florent for ten years.
Lake Overturn: A Novel was published by HarperCollins in April, 2009. It was named Editor’s Choice by the New York Times Book Review and Out Magazine, and a Best Book of 2009 by the Washington Post. It won the Grub Street National Book Prize and Lambda Literary Award for Gay Fiction, and was shortlisted for both the Ferro-Grumley Award and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award.
Vestal has been awarded fiction fellowships from the NEA and the New York Foundation for the Arts. His collection You Are Not the One: Stories was also a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice and won a 2006 Lambda Literary Award for Debut Fiction.
His stories have appeared in Tin House, The Boston Review, Open City, From Boys to Men: Gay Men Write About Growing Up, Freud's Blind Spot: Writers on Siblings, and several other anthologies.
Vestal now lives in London, where he is working on a second novel and a collection of stories based on his years in New York City.