photo credit: Zeynep Özakat (who insisted the pig be in the photo)

photo credit: Zeynep Özakat (who insisted the pig be in the photo)

Anthony Veasna So is a queer boy, 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 Syracuse University, 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 an MFA Candidate in Fiction at Syracuse University, where he is a University Fellow and a Paul and Daisy Soros 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. You can reach him at veasnaso@gmail.com or by filling out a contact form. You can also follow him @fakemaddoxjolie.