Graham Irvin was born in Kannapolis, North Carolina, which is also the hometown of Dale Earnhardt. Graham remembers the day Dale died. His father was watching tv downstairs and solemnly said it: "Dale Died." Now every other street is named after Dale Earnhardt and there is a giant statue of him in the town. Graham no longer lives in Kannapolis, North Carolina. In 2018 he received an MFA from University of North Carolina Wilmington.