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Sunil Yapa

Sunil Yapa joined us as a Writer in Residence in 2016.

BIO
Sunil Yapa 
is the author of Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, a debut novel, which was named Most Anticipated Book of the Year for 2016 in the Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, TIME, Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, and BuzzFeed, among other publications. He received an MFA in Fiction from Hunter College in New York City in 2010, where he worked with two-time Booker Prize winning author Peter Carey, and the 2009 National Book Award winner (Let the Great World Spin) Colum McCann. While at Hunter Sunil was also awarded the Alumni Scholarship & Welfare Fund Fellowship, which is given to one fiction student every three years, and was twice selected as a Hertog Fellow, working as a research assistant for Zadie Smith (Changing My Mind), as well as Ben Marcus (The Flame Alphabet).

He is the recipient of the 2010 Asian American Short Story Award, sponsored by Hyphen Magazineand the Asian American Writers’ Workshop in New York, and has received scholarships to The New York State Summer Writers’ Institute, The Norman Mailer Writers’ Center in Provincetown and The Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. 

The biracial son of a Sri Lankan father and a mother from Montana, Yapa has lived around the world, including time living in Greece, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, China, and India, as well as, London, Montreal, and New York City.

PRESS

Aspen Words residency brings novelist Sunil Yapa to Woody Creek
The Aspen Times,  Andrew Travers, May 16, 2016

Sunil Yapa mixes historical fiction and ‘fiction fiction’ in his first novel
Aspen Public Radio, Patrick Fort, May 13, 2016

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