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Elaine Hsieh Chou

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Elaine Hsieh Chou is a Taiwanese American writer from California. Her debut novel DISORIENTATION (Penguin Press) was a New York Times Editors’ Choice Book, a Malala Book Club Pick and an Indie Next Pick. A 2017 Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow at NYU and a 2021 NYFA Artist Fellow, her short fiction appears in Guernica, Tin House Online, Ploughshares, The Atlantic and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and the Fred R. Brown Literary Award. As a workshop instructor, she has taught fiction for NYU, Catapult, Accent Society and Kundiman. Her multi-genre short story collection WHERE ARE YOU REALLY FROM is forthcoming from Penguin Press.

As a screenwriter, Elaine is adapting DISORIENTATION into a feature film for AppleTV, co-produced by Malala Yousafzai’s Extracurricular Productions and Adam McKay’s Hyperobject Industries. She is also in development on a TV series.