Brian Ascalon Roley is a professor and award-winning author of multiracial Filipino and American descent. In 2020 he became a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellow.
Brian's short works in several genres (fiction, poetry, cnf, and hybrid) have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience (WW Norton), Charlie Chan is Dead 2: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction (Penguin), and several best selling anthologies in the Philippines. His work has also been featured in a California Council for the Humanities Statewide Reading Campaign and has been widely taught nationally and abroad.
His books include the award-winning novel, AMERICAN SON (W.W. Norton; Christian Bourgeois Editeur), which was a Los Angeles Times Best Book, New York Times Notable Book, Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize Finalist, Salon Magazine best of the month selection, and winner of the Association for Asian American Studies Prose Book Award of 2003, among other honors. Brian's work has also been featured in the California Council for the Humanities Statewide Reading Campaign of 2004, and has been widely taught nationally and abroad.
His collection, THE LAST MISTRESS OF JOSE RIZAL and Other Stories was released by Northwestern University Press in 2016..
He has held fellowships, research appointments and residencies from Cornell University, the University of Cambridge, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ohio Arts Council, the Djerassi Foundation, Ragdale, the VCCA, and others. He is currently Professor of English at Miami University of Ohio where he teaches on the MFA program and spends most of his time with his family in Cincinnati and California.
He received the Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2018 for his current book project