Brian Leung

Kentucky, United States

Member Since: 09/02/2008

Brian's second novel, Take Me Home, earned a starred review inKirkus reviews. It is set in 1885 Wyoming and is centered around Adele (Addie) Maine, a determined, feisty young woman who leaves Kentucky to join her brother in homesteading.  Not long after her arrival, Addie is confronted by something wholly new to her, Chinese people. Indeed, the novel is backgrounded by the historical event of a riot in which twenty-eight Chinese coal miners were massacred in Rock Springs. A French edition was published in 2013 as Seuls le ciel et la terre (Albin Michel) .

As readers and reviewers alike have commented, the intersections of disparate lives are a hallmark of Brian's fiction. His acclaimed story collection, World Famous Love Acts, shows a remarkable range of characters, each powerfully rendered. A testament to his storytelling, the collection won the Mary McCarthy Award in Short Fiction and the Asian American Literary Award for fiction. A French edition was published in 2013.

2007 saw the publication of his first novel, Lost Men with a French edition following in 2008. Subsequent to the French publication, he was a guest of Festival America in Vincennes, France.  Lost Men amplifies the best qualities of his short fiction and about which Publisher's Weekly writes "Leung gingerly reacquaints an estranged father and son who travel through China in this sagacious and lyrical debut novel." An Italian edition was published in 2009.

Brian’s fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared inStory, Crazyhorse, Grain, Gulf Coast, Kinesis, The Barcelona Review, Mid-American Review, Salt Hill, Gulf Stream, River City, Runes, The Bellingham Review, Hyphen, Velocity, The Connecticut Review, Blithe House Quarterly, Indiana Review, Crab Orchard Review, Crowd, and in the short story anthology The Habit of Art. He is also the co-author of the non-fiction humor title, Not Another Feel Good Singles Book.

The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, including an Asian American Literary Award and a Lambda Award for Mid-Career Novelist, Brian earned his B.A. and MA. at California State University, and an M.F.A from  Indiana University. In August 2014 he began serving as Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University.



Twitter Username: @WriteLeungWrite


  • World Famous Love Acts: Stories , Sarabande
  • Lost Men: a novel , Random House
  • Take Me Home: a novel , HarperCollins


  • Asian American Literary Award for fiction
  • Willa Award for historical fiction
  • Lambda Literary Award for a Mid-Career Novelist
  • President's Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, or Creative Activity


  • Assistant Professor at CSU Northridge
  • Director of Creative Writing at University of Louisville ( - July 2014)
  • Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University (August 2014 - )


  • Bachelor of Arts in English from CSULA
  • Master of Arts in English from CSULA
  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Indiana University

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Poetry