Brian is a writer and professor. In 2020 he became a National Endowment of the Arts Literature Fellow.
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 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, appeared in April 2016.
Brian has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, and held artist residencies at Djerassi, Ragdale, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. 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.
In April 2018 he received an Ohio Arts Council Excellence Award for his current book project.