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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, an NPR Best Book of 2022 and an NYPL Young Lions Finalist. A former Rona Jaffe Graduate Fellow at NYU and NYFA Artist Fellow, her Pushcart Award-winning short fiction appears in Guernica, Tin House Online, Ploughshares and The Atlantic, while her essays appear in The Cut and Vanity Fair. She is the recipient of the 2023 Fred R. Brown Literary Award. As a workshop instructor, Elaine has taught fiction for NYU, Catapult, Accent Society, Kundiman and Tin House. 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 an animated TV series. Find more about her at www.elainehsiehchou.com