Kevin Chong, MFA

(He, Him, His)

Associate Professor

Creative Studies, Creative Writing
Other Titles: Interim Chair, Okanagan Faculty Committee.
Office: CCS 169

Research Summary

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, 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

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 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/ First Novel Award, 2001

BC Arts Council Scholarship, 1997 and 1999

Hertog Research Fellowship, Columbia University, 1999

National Magazine Award Honourable Mention, 2009 First Novel Prize, Honourable Mention, 2002

Professional Services/Affiliations/Committees

The Writers Union of Canada

Graduate Supervisions

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.


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