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Kevin Chong, MFA(He, Him, His)
Creative Studies, Creative WritingOther Titles: Interim Chair, Okanagan Faculty Committee.
Office: CCS 169
Creative writing, fiction, creative nonfiction, literary journalism, dramatic writing.
Courses & Teaching
Creative writing, novel, short story, memoir, personal essay, lyric essay, literary journalism.
Kevin is the author of seven books of fiction and nonfiction, including the forthcoming novel The Double Life of Benson Yu. Those titles have been named books of the year by Globe and Mail, National Post, and Amazon.ca, listed for a CBC prize, a BC Book Prize, and a National Magazine Award, optioned for film and TV, and published in the US, Europe, and Australia. His creative nonfiction and journalism have recently appeared in the Guardian, the Times Literary Supplement, the Rumpus, and the South China Morning Post.
Photo credit: Iris Chia
BA English and Creative Writing, University of British Columbia, MFA, Writing (Fiction) Columbia University.
Selected Publications & Presentations
The Double Life of Benson Yu (North America: Atria/Simon & Schuster, 2023).
The Plague, (North America: Arsenal Pulp, 2018).
Northern Dancer, (North America: Penguin Canada, 2014): Excerpt appeared as a cover story in Reader’s Digest Canada in August 2014.
My Year of the Racehorse, (North America: Greystone Books, 2012): Named a book of the year in the National Post, the Montreal Gazette, and Amazon.ca
Beauty Plus Pity, (North America: Arsenal Pulp, 2011; Macedonia/Albanian language: Shkupi, 2015).
Neil Young Nation, (North America: Greystone Books, 2005; Australia: Hardie Grant, 2006): Named a best book in the Globe and Mail, the Toronto Star, and the Ottawa Citizen
Baroque-a-Nova (Canada: Penguin, 2001; United States: Putnam, 2002; France: Balland, 2002): Canada A.M. Book Club selection, a Walrus Bookshelf selection, Honourable Mention in Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award
Selected Grants & Awards
Canada Council, 2019 and other years
BC Arts Council, 2020 and other years
Access Copyright Grant, 2015
Awards & Distinctions
Juror, Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction, 2021
Honourable Mention, Best Canadian Short Stories 2021
Longlist, CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize, 2020
Juror, Governor General Literary Awards, English Nonfiction, 2016
Longlist, CBC Creative Nonfiction Prize, 2015
Finalist, Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, 2015
Finalist, Hubert Evans Prize (Best Original Non-Fiction), 2015
Semifinalist, Dr. Tony Ryan Book Award, 2013
Honourable Mention, National Magazine Award, 2009
Bronze, Foreword Magazine Book of the Year, 2005
Juror, Writers Trust Rogers Fiction Award, 2003
Honourable Mention, Books In Canada/Amazon.ca First Novel Award, 2001
BC Arts Council Scholarship, 1997 and 1999
Hertog Research Fellowship, Columbia University, 1999
National Magazine Award Honourable Mention, 2009
Amazon.ca First Novel Prize, Honourable Mention, 2002
The Writers Union of Canada
Rasma Haidri, My Mother Doesn’t Do Pink (memoir), 2021.
Teri Armitage, MFA, Happier Home Death Handbook (memoir), 2018.
Geoff Cole, MFA, Jellyfish Blues (novel), 2017.
Mason Hanrahan, MFA, The Castle (novel), 2017
Lenore Rowntree, MFA, Cluck (novel), 2012, published by Thistledown Press in 2016.