"Two half-Filipino brothers can pass for white, but their mother cannot; painful conflicts are in store for everybody in this complex exploration of racism in California, starting in 1993, a year after the Rodney King Riots."
REVIEWS of AMERICAN SON: A Novel (WW Norton)
REVIEWS of LAST MISTRESS OF JOSE RIZAL & Others Stories (Northwestern)
REVIEWS of AMBUSCADE (FLP Open Poetry Competition Winner)
Brian Ascalon Roley is a professor and award-winning author of Philippine and American descent, and a recent National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellow. He is currently Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing at Miami University.
His honors include fellowships, grants and awards from the University of Cambridge, Cornell University, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Association of Asian American Studies, the Djerassi Foundation, Ragdale, the VCCA, and the Ohio Arts Council.
His books include AMERICAN SON: a novel (W.W. Norton; Christian Bourgeois Editeur), which was a New York Times Editor’s Choice and Notable Book, Los Angeles Times Best Book, Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize Finalist, Salon 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 a California Council for the Humanities Statewide Reading Campaign, and widely taught nationally and abroad.
His fiction, literary essays and poetry have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies, including Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction on the Multiracial Experience (W.W. Norton), Charlie Chan is Dead 2: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction (Penguin), and several best selling anthologies in the Philippines.
His collection, THE LAST MISTRESS OF JOSE RIZAL and Other Stories was released by Northwestern University Press in 2016..
His short poetry collection, AMBUSCADE, won the 2020 Finishing Line Press Open Chapbook Competition and appeared in 2021.