Tom Bussmann, American, born 1952, has a BFA from Washington University where he made films, videos, and wrote screenplays. He was also a student of William Gass, Stanley Elkin; studied literature, philosophy, and esthetics--a study which eventually included subjects such as postmodernism, deconstruction, and intertextuality.
He came up with the idea for a novel that would be a philosophical western while still in school. He wrote most of Get Up, Jack! in his spare time while working a series of art-related jobs including being co-founder and co-owner of the Philip Slein Gallery in St. Louis, named in 2014, as one of the best painting galleries in the country by the Huffington Post.