ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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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 continues to be taught in classrooms at many high schools and universities across the country and internationally.
Currently he is an Associate Professor of English at Miami University of Ohio and spends most of his time with his family in Cincinnati and California.
He recently finished a new story collection, forthcoming in Spring 2016, while on leave as a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge.
Brian’s work has been translated and anthologized.
His long and short stories, nonfiction, poems and a novella appear in such periodicals as Epoch, The Georgia Review, The North American Review, The San Francisco Chronicle, The American Literary Review, Prairie Schooner, Ascent, Snake Nation Review, The Asian American Literary Review, Post Road Magazine, Fence, and The Seattle Review. His exhibitions and performances include Festival America in Paris.
Anthology publications include such books as 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); 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); and several popular anthologies in the Philippines, most published by Anvil Books, Manila.
Several of his personal essays explore faith and the raising of a disabled son.
OTHER HONORS AND BACKGROUND
He has been a Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (London). Other honors include 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 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.
Educated at Wesleyan University, The University of London (UCL), UCLA School of Law and Cornell University, Brian is a former Lecturer at Cornell and Visiting Fellow at the University of Cambridge, and is currently an English professor at Miami University of Oxford, Ohio.
"Heartbreaking...American Son is a gripping book." Aleksandar Hemon, New York Times
"Hard-hitting and brash, this debut novel takes a cold, clear-eyed look at the American immigrant experience...This is a powerhouse story of vulnerable strangers living in a brutal, alien land told with stylish restraint, bare-knuckled realism and tender yet tough clarity." -- Publisher's Weekly
"Touching, disturbing." -- Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Book Dragon Notable Book
"Roley writes with assurance, grace and insight, and he plays expertly with our perceptions and expectations...And Roley is one young writer with something important to say: he has fused a coming-of-age story with a variant on the American immigrant saga, and the result is both explosive and illuminating." --Jonathan Kirsch, Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Penetrating...Roley explores this omnipresent yet usually invisible story of contemporary American immigrant life with an easy exactitude and a dry, unmerciful eye...What's most memorable, and most disturbing, is how Roley subtly renders the difference between those who make the journey to America and those who are born out of their hopes...Clean, beautifully understated prose." --Suzy Hansen, Salon.com
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