Nic Brown is the author of the memoir Bang Bang Crash (Counterpoint 2023), as well as the novels In Every Way (Counterpoint 2015), Doubles (Counterpoint 2010), and Floodmarkers (Counterpoint 2009), which was selected as an Editors' Choice by The New York Times Book Review. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Oxford American, Garden & Gun, and the Harvard Review, among many other publications. A graduate of Columbia University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he has served as the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi and is now an associate professor of creative writing at Clemson University.

He is also a drummer. His first band, Athenaeum, released two records on Atlantic Records. The first single off their first album peaked at #14 on the Billboard Alternative Rock charts. He has since recorded and toured with many acts, including Longwave, Ben Lee, Skeleton Key, Falcon!, Matt Pond PA, and Eszter Balint.