(S5, EP 10) In honoring queer Cambodian-American writer Anthony Veasna So who suddenly passed away in December 2020 and to celebrate his posthumous short-stories fiction book, "Afterparties", I invited Anthony's long-time partner Alex Torres to be a guest on my show. In this episode, Alex shared many fond memories of Anthony during their travels together. He recalled many conversations that they had as writers, and reflected on what Anthony wanted to convey through his writing. Alex is currently working with Anthony's close friends and colleagues to honor Anthony's legacy as a writer. Don't forget to check out his "Afterparties" book wherever it's available!
Anthony Veasna So (1992-2020) was a queer Cambodian-American writer, born to parents who survived the Khmer Rouge genocide. He grew up in Stockton, CA. He graduated with a Bachelor's in Art and English from Stanford University, and an MFA in Syracuse University. He was a Kundiman Fellow and Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow. He taught at Colgate University, Syracuse University, and the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants in Oakland, CA. Anthony was featured in the New Yorker for his short story "Three Women of Chuck's Donuts" in Feb 2020. His writings and comics have also appeared in publications such as n+1, Hobart, Ninth Letter. Before his death, Anthony signed a two-book deal with Ecco Books. His debut fiction short stories book, "Afterparties" is set for release this August 2021.
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