Profile

Brian Leung is the author of Ivy vs Dogg: With a Cast of Thousands! (C&R Press); Take Me Home (HarperCollins), which was a recipient of a Willa Award for Historical Fiction; World Famous Love Acts (Sarabande Books), the recipient of both the Mary McCarthy Award in Short Fiction and the Asian American Literary Award for fiction; and the well-received novel, Lost Men (Random House).

In 2012, Lambda Literary Foundation presented him with its Mid-Career Novelist Award. Brian’s fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He is also the co-author of the non-fiction humor title, Not Another Feel Good Singles Book. For six years, Professor Leung worked with the US Department of State Institute on Contemporary U.S. Literature where, in his final year, he served as Principal Investigator and Director. He is a recipient of the University of Louisville’s President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity, and a College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award at that same institution.

Currently, he serves as Director of Creative Writing at Purdue University. A native of California, he received his MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University. He has teaching experience in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, drama, literary genre, and special topics in contemporary American literature. His writing interests include writing within difference and diversity including concerns surrounding race, class, gender, and sexuality.

Education

MFA - Creative Writing | Indiana University

MA - English | California State University

BA - English | California State University

Philip Metres

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Sue William Silverman

Faculty Co-chair, MFA in Writing [CNF/hybrid forms]; Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Robin MacArthur

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Novel Retreat

Natasha Sajé

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry/CNF]

Connie May Fowler

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF]; Director, Novel Retreat

Clint McCown

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Chachi Hauser

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Caleb Curtiss

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Barbara Hurd

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Adam McOmber

Faculty Co-chair, MFA in Writing [fiction/hybrid forms]; Editor in Chief, Hunger Mountain Review

Betsy Sholl

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Harrison Candelaria Fletcher

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Richard Jackson

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Brian Leung

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

David Wojahn

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]; Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Miciah Bay Gault

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Novel Retreat

Ellen Lesser

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]; Director, Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Elena Passarello

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Clifford Thompson

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF/ hybrid forms]; Postgraduate Writers' Conference

Melissa Faliveno

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF]

Wanjikū Wa Ngūgī

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Leslie Ullman

Faculty, MFA in Writing [poetry]

Samuel Kọ́láwọlé

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Nance Van Winckel

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/poetry]

Hasanthika Sirisena

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF]

Patrick Madden

Faculty, MFA in Writing [CNF/hybrid forms]

Bret Lott

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction/CNF]

T. Geronimo Johnson

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]

Fernando A. Flores

Faculty, MFA in Writing [fiction]