Sunil Yapa’s debut novel, Your Heart Is a Muscle the Size of a Fist, was named one of the best books of 2016 by Amazon, Time, the Washington Post, Bustle, and others. Set during one day of the 1999 Seattle WTO protests, the novel was described as “fast- paced and unflinching” by the New Yorker, “a genuine tour-de-force” by the Seattle Times, and “protest poetry, pure and simple” by MacLean’s. Yapa has been a frequent guest on NPR, appearing on Morning Edition, as well as on public radio in San Francisco, Seattle, New York, and Australia. He also appeared on NBC as a guest on Late Night with Seth Meyers. The winner of the 2010 Asian American Short Story Award, Yapa’s fiction and nonfiction have appeared in American Short Fiction; Guernica; O, the Oprah Magazine; Poets & Writers; the Margins; Hyphen; Slice; Literary Hub; and others. Yapa received his MFA in fiction from Hunter College in New York City. He currently lives in Montreal and teaches in the MFA program at Sierra Nevada College.
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