Professor; Director of the Creative Writing Program
Brian Leung is the author of 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 anthologies as well as Story, 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 anthologies, The Habit of Art, Law and Disorder, and Altered States. 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 U.S. 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 M.F.A. 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.