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AWP Panel: No Place Like Home: Setting

Venue: Gold Salon 4, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor 


Where does one set the modern short story in this globalized age? What are the artistic and political implications of these choices? In a modern world where stories take place across and outside of national boundaries, how does setting impact subject, tone, and point of view? These writers with ties to multiple countries reflect on how they situate the transnational short story, and highlight narrative tools to bring culturally rich narratives to life.


Doretta Lau is an editor at a contemporary visual culture museum. Her debut short story collection, How Does a Single Blade of Grass Thank the Sun?, was named by theAtlantic as one of the best books of 2014. She works in Hong Kong.

Anna Ling Kaye’s fiction has been published internationally, and her journalism in publications such as the New York Times. A board member of Project Bookmark and founder of Hapa-palooza Festival, Anna reads and writes in Vancouver BC, where she is editor of Ricepaper magazine.

Chris Tarry is the author of the story collection, How to Carry Bigfoot Home, and he holds an MFA from the University of British Columbia. His writing has been published widely. Chris is also a four-time Juno Award winner and one of New York’s most sought-after musicians.

Ayelet Tsabari is the author of the story collection The Best Place on Earth which won the 2015 Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature and has been published internationally. She teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies.

Tom Cho is the author of the collection of fiction Look Who’s Morphing, which was brought to fruition as part of his PhD in professional writing. He has received various grants and residencies, has had his fiction published widely in literary magazines, and is writing a novel on the meaning of life.