Brian Ascalon Roley was raised in Los Angeles of multiracial Filipino descent. He writes in several genres.
Brian is the author of the award-winning novel, AMERICAN SON (W.W. Norton, 2001; Christian Bourgois Editeur, 2006), which was a Los Angeles Times Best Book, New York Times Notable Book, Kiriyama Pacific Rim Prize finalist, and winner of the 2003 Association of Asian American Studies Prose Book Award, among other honors.
His work was also featured in the California Council for the Humanities statewide reading campaign of 2004 (involving libraries, book groups and classrooms across the state), and has been taught in classrooms at many high schools and universities across the country and internationally.
Currently he is an English professor at Miami University and was recently a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, where he finished a new book forthcoming in Spring 2016.
Other honors include elected Fellow, Royal Society of Arts (London), a Lawrence Foundation Award, a Ragdale Foundation Residency Fellowship, Virginia Center for the Creative Artists Residency Fellowship, a Djerassi Foundation Residency Fellowship, the Pamana Legacy Arts Award in Literature, Cornell University’s Arthur Lynn Andrews Prize, a Sage Fellowship, and Faulkner Society Prize finalist in the novella category. He has been an Associate Editor at Epoch Magazine and taught creative writing, film and literature at Cornell.
Brian’s writing appears in a wide range of anthologies, such as Charlie Chan is Dead 2: An Anthology of Contemporary Asian American Fiction (ed. Jessica Hagedorn; Penguin); California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century (selected by Chitra Divakaruni, published by Heydey Books); Mixed: An Anthology of Short Fiction from the Multiracial Experience (ed. Chandra Prasad; W.W. Norton, 2006); Los Angeles Noir (ed. Denise Hamilton, Akashic 2007) and several popular anthologies in the Philippines (mostly published by Anvil Books).
His long and short stories, nonfiction, poems and a novella appear in such publications as Epoch, The Georgia Review, The North American Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, The American Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Ascent, The Asian American Literary Review, Post Road Magazine, Fence and The Seattle Review.
Brian has also served as a faculty editor at Miami University Press, where he has served as a final judge for the Miami University Press Novella Competition, and edited books of fiction.
Brian read philosophy at Wesleyan University and the University of London (UCL) and also holds degrees from UCLA School of Law and Cornell. A former Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge and Lecturer at Cornell University, he is currently Associate Professor of English at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio and spends most of his time in Cincinnati and California with his family.