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Video conversation with Lysley Tenorio, author of The Son of Good Fortune

“Tenorio’s insistence on the specificity of his characters’ dreams and longings is its own kind of argument for their right to be here... An affecting portrayal of just how potently a parent can shape the expectations of her child... His story is a tribute to the extreme inner strength it takes to make any life decision look like fate.” -- New York Times Book Review

For today's conversation, Edward Schwarzschild, NYS Writers Institute fellow and director of Creative Writing at UAlbany, interviews writer Lysley Tenorio.

Lysley is the author of the recently-published novel The Son of Good Fortune, finalist for the Joyce Carol Oates Prize and winner of the New American Voices Award, and the story collection Monstress (2020), which was named a book of the year by the San Francisco Chronicle.

He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, a Whiting Award, a Stegner fellowship, the Edmund White Award, and the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, as well as residencies from the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, and the Bogliasco Foundation.

His stories have appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, and Ploughshares, and have been adapted for the stage by The American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco and the Ma-Yi Theater in New York City. Born in the Philippines, Lysley lives in San Francisco and is a professor at Saint Mary’s College of California.

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