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"Portrait of my Father," mixed media on rice paper, 2014. 

"Portrait of my Father," mixed media on rice paper, 2014. 

 

Anthony Veasna So is a queer man, a Cambodian-American son of former refugees, a failed computer scientist, a paradoxical and grotesque inversion of the model minority, an average beauty, and a graduate of Stanford University, where his creative work garnered him numerous 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 Barrelhouse, decomP, Hobart, Nashville Review, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. He has taught English Literature and Creative Writing classes at both The Urban School of San Francisco and Next Generation Scholars, a college-access nonprofit that serves low-income first-generation students. He's been known to dabble 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 and an MFA Candidate in Fiction at Syracuse University, where he is a University Fellow.