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Rattawut Lapcharoensap

Visiting Eminent Writer-in-Residence

MFA in Creative Writing; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

BA; Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

Honors & Awards

2012                Abraham Woursell Prize, University of Vienna

2010                Whiting Writers’ Award

2008                Artist-in-Berlin Fellow, DAAD, Berlin

2007                Selected by Granta magazine for its “Best of Young American Novelists” issue

2006                Asian American Literary Award

2006                Selected for the National Book Foundation’s 5 Under 35 program

2006                Finalist, The New York Public Library Young Lions Fiction Award

2005                Finalist, The Guardian First Book Award

2004                David TK Wong Fellowship, University of East Anglia

Selected Publications

Sightseeing (New York: Grove Press, 2005).

“The Captain,” Granta (Summer 2013)

“In the Nineties,” 032c, Issue 17 (May 2009)

“Astrology and Politics in Thailand,” The Guardian, December 2008.

“Valets,” Granta 97: Best of Young American Novelists

“Feeding an Elephant,” Writing Worlds 1: The Norwich Exchanges, ed. Vesna Goldsworthy (Norwich: Pen & Inc Press, 2006).

“Relief,” performed as part of BBC Radio 4’s Afternoon Reading Series on December 16, 2005.

“Priscilla the Cambodian,” The Hopwood Awards: 75 Years of Prized Writing, eds. Nicholas Delbanco, Andrea Beauchamp, and Michael Barrett (Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2006).

“Sightseeing,” Glimmer Train, Issue 55, Summer 2005.  Also reprinted in Where Love is Found: 24 Tales of Connection, eds. Susan Burmeister-Brown and Linda B. Swanson-Davies (New York: Washington Square Press, 2006).

“Draft Day,” One Story, vol. 3, no. 10, 20 October 2004.  Selected for National Public Radio’s Selected Shorts series (performed by BD Wong at Symphony Space, NYC, in October 2005).  Listed as a “Recommended Story” in The O. Henry Prize Stories 2006, series ed. Laura Furman (New York: Anchor, 2006).  Also reprinted in Wake: Aiding Reconstruction After the Tsunami (Norwich: Egg Box Publishing, 2006).

“At the Café Lovely,” Zoetrope: All-Story, vol. 8, no. 84, Fall 2004.  Selected for inclusion in The Best American Non-Required Reading 2005, ed. Dave Eggers (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005).  Also named on a list of “100 Distinguished Stories of 2004” in Best American Short Stories 2005, eds. Michael Chabon and Katrina Kenison (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005).

“Farangs,” Granta 84: Over There: How America Sees the World, Winter 2003.  Selected for inclusion in Best New American Voices 2005, ed. Francine Prose, series ed. John Kulka and Natalie Danford (New York: Harcourt, 2004).  Also named on a list of “100 Distinguished Stories of 2004” in Best American Short Stories 2005, eds. Michael Chabon and Katrina Kenison (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2005).


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