photo credit: Mihika C. Hemmady

photo credit: Mihika C. Hemmady

Anthony Veasna So is a gay man, a Cambodian-American son of former refugees, a failed computer scientist, a grotesque parody of the model minority, and a graduate of Stanford University, where his visual art and writing won several awards and grants. A native of Stockton, CA, he was raised on stories of the Khmer Rouge Genocide that often, somehow, ended on a joke, such as his dad's favorite bit that Pol Pot's communist regime prepared him to be a contestant on Survivor.

His prose and comics have appeared or are forthcoming in n+1Ninth Letter, Hobart, and elsewhere. He has taught English Literature and Creative Writing at both The Urban School of San Francisco and Next Generation Scholars, a college-access nonprofit that serves low-income, first-generation students. He has also dabbled in standup comedy, in which he makes too many jokes about eating too many Jack in the Box tacos.

Currently, he is a Prose Editor for The Adroit Journal, a Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow, and an MFA Candidate in Fiction at Syracuse University, where he is a University Fellow and where he received the Joyce Carol Oates Award in Fiction. He is working on a novel about a Cambodian-American rapper and a collection of stories interspersed with comics. You can reach him at veasnaso@gmail.com or by filling out a contact form. You can also follow him @fakemaddoxjolie.