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Alexander Chee (born August 21, 1967)

Alexander Chee is an American fiction writer, poet, journalist and reviewer.

Born in Rhode Island, he spent his childhood in South Korea, Kauai, Truk, Guam and Maine. He attended Wesleyan University and the Iowa Writers' Workshop.

His short fiction has appeared in the anthologies Best American Erotica 2007, A Fictional History of the US (With Huge Chunks Missing), Men on Men 2000, and His 3. His essay I, Reader was selected for inclusion in the Notable Essays list of the 2011 edition of the Best American Essays. Compilations of his personal essays have appeared in From Boys To Men, Loss Within Loss, Boys Like Us, The M Word, and The Man I Might Become. His poetry appeared in Barrow Street, LIT, Interview, the James White Review, and 'XXX Fruit. He has written journalism and reviews for Time Out New York, Out/Look, OutWeek, The Advocate, Out, Bookforum and the San Francisco Review of Books.

He received the Asian American Writers Workshop Literary Award, the Lambda Editor's Choice Prize, the Michener/Copernicus Fellowship Prize, the 2003 Whiting Writers' Award, a residency from the MacDowell Colony and the 2004 NEA Fellowship in Fiction. He was a judge for the PEN/Open Book award in 2012. In 2003, Out named him one of their 100 Most Influential People of the year. The associate fiction editor of the online literary magazine The Nervous Breakdown, Chee now lives in Massachusetts.

He has taught fiction writing at the New School University and Wesleyan, and has served as a Visiting Writer at Amherst College.

In the winter semester 2012/2013 he was Picador Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Chee

Further Readings:

Edinburgh: A Novel by Alexander Chee
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Picador (November 9, 2002)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312305036
Amazon: Edinburgh: A Novel

Twelve-year-old Fee is a gifted Korean-American soprano in a boys' choir in Maine whose choir director reveals himself to be a serial pedophile. Fee and his friends are forced to bear grief, shame, and pain that endure long after the director is imprisoned. Fee survives even as his friends do not, but a deep-seated horror and dread accompany him through his self-destructive college days and after, until the day he meets a beautiful young student named Warden and is forced to confront the demons of his brutal past.

More Spotlights at my website: http://www.elisarolle.com/, My Lists/Gay Novels

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