Brian Leung joins us as the new Director of Creative Writing in the Department of English. Professor Leung recently completed service as Principal Investigator and Director of the U.S. Department of State Institute on Contemporary U.S. Literature. He is a recipient of the University of Louisville's President’s Award for Outstanding Scholarship, Research, and Creative Activity, 2013 and a College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Research and Creative Activity Award, 2013. His most recent novel, Take Me Home (HarperCollins), won a 2011 Willa Award for Historical Fiction. A native of California, he received his M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Indiana University. His story collection, World Famous Love Acts, won the Mary McCarthy Award in Short Fiction and the Asian American Literary Award for fiction. He is also the author of a very well-received novel, Lost Men (2008). 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 anthology The Habit of Art. He is also the co-author of the non-fiction humor title, Not Another Feel Good Singles Book.