Born into a family of professional wrestlers, Tom Strelich was raised in Bakersfield, California, and his writing career began on a dare while a graduate student in Botany. Plays include BAFO (Best and Final Offer), which was commissioned by and had its world premiere at South Coast Repertory and its New York premiere at the American Place Theatre (APT); Dog Logic, which also had its world premiere at South Coast Repertory and went on to win a Kennedy Center Fund For New American Plays award for its New York premiere at the APT; and Neon Psalms, which won the Dramatists Guild/CBS New Play Award for its world premiere at the Magic Theatre in San Francisco and its New York premiere at the APT.
Honors include a National Endowment for the Arts grant for playwrights, the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Playwright Award, and commissions from South Coast Repertory and the Actors Theatre of Louisville. He has one screen credit, Out There (Showtime). Dog Logic is his first novel and is loosely based on the play of the same name—same setting and characters, but an epically different story.