A MacDowell and Hawthornden Castle Fellow, Leland Cheuk is an award-winning author of three books of fiction, most recently the novel NO GOOD VERY BAD ASIAN (2019). Cheuk’s work has been covered in BuzzfeedThe Paris Review, VICE, San Francisco Chronicle, and elsewhere, and has appeared or is forthcoming in publications such as NPR, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Salon, among other outlets. He is the founder of the indie press 7.13 Books. You can follow him on Twitter @lcheuk and at

Represented by Annie Hwang of Ayesha Pande Literary and reachable by email at leland.cheuk at

You can buy Leland Cheuk’s books at his Bookshop!


Los Angeles Times
Meet Jean Chen Ho and the San Gabriel Valley Food Club (2022)

The Rumpus
REVIEW: “Calling It Like It Is: Leland Cheuk’s No Good Very Bad Asian” (2020)

Otherppl with Brad Listi
Leland Cheuk on Writing Through Trauma” (2019)

Electric Literature
Leland Cheuk Writes The Asian American Antihero We Always Needed” (2019)

The Millions
Dear Someone: On Asian-American Writers and Letters As Storytelling” (2019)

Los Angeles Review of Books
Never Too Soon: A Conversation with Leland Cheuk” (2019)

18 Indie Press Books That Deserve Your Attention(2019)

San Francisco Chronicle
Leland Cheuk wanted to write about an Asian American Comedian. So he started telling his own jokes.” (2019)

KBOO’s Between the Covers podcast
Host Ken Jones talks with Leland Cheuk” (2019)

Chicago Review of Books
Leland Cheuk On Comedy And Writing” (2019)

The Rumpus
So Funny It Kills: Getting Serious with Leland Cheuk

The Brooklyn Rail
REVIEW: No Good Very Bad Asian” (2019)

Literary Hub
When Novelists Become Method Actors” (2019)

Kenyon Review
Publisher Spotlight: Leland Cheuk of 7.13 Books” (2019)

The Paris Review
“Subverting the Chinese Immigrant Story” (2018)

“Let Me Pass Away” (2017)

“I wanted to publish before I died” (2016)

The Millions
The System Is Rigged: The Millions Interviews Leland Cheuk (2017)

The Asian American Literature That Got Me Through 2016 (2016)

The Rumpus
Interview with Leland Cheuk (2016)

Asian-American Writers Workshop’s The Margins
The Misadventures of Asian Americans (2016)

Minorities in Publishing podcast
Debut Episode with Sophia Chester, Leland Cheuk, and Mira Jacob (2016)

Asian-America Podcast with Ken Fong
Look into the abyss with Leland Cheuk (2016)

This Podcast Will Change Your Life with Ben Tanzer
Semi-Plausible, starring the Leland Cheuk (2016)

The Other Stories with Ilana Masad
Episode 81 – Excerpt from THE MISADVENTURES OF SULLIVER PONG (2016)


NO GOOD VERY BAD ASIAN, novel (2019, C&R Press)
LETTERS FROM DINOSAURS, stories (2016, Thought Catalog Books)
THE MISADVENTURES OF SULLIVER PONG, a novel (2015, CCLaP Publishing in North America, and 2018, Guangdong Economic Publishing Group in China)

Literary Hub
When Novelists Become Method Actors” (2019)

APPLE, TREE: Essays on Seeing Our Parents and Seeing Ourselves, Edited by Lise Funderburg (University of Nebraska Press)
“Self-Made Men” (September 2019)

“Let Me Pass Away” (September 2017)

“A Grandfather’s Guide to the Resistance” (June 2017)

“I wanted to publish before I died” (2016)

Prairie Schooner (Fall 2021)
“Uncle Juicy’s America Boy”

Electric Literature’s Recommend Reading (November 2021)
Office of the Mind 

The Santa Monica Review
“SitterSource” (Spring 2021)

Maudlin House
The List” (November 2019) 

An excerpt of NO GOOD VERY BAD ASIAN” (October 2019)

The Offing
My Horoscopic Disadvantages” (October 2019)

Cleaver Magazine
4:44” (October 2019) 

Five 2 One
Sugar Cubes” (Aug 2019)

Heavy Feather Review: The Future print issue
My SMS” (May 2019)

Bending Genres
The Okay Spa” (April 2019)

Cosmonauts Avenue
The Game Cellar” (March 2019)

Drunk Monkeys
Passing Days” (January 2019)

BULL: Men’s Fiction
The Legend of Jon Bamboo” (November 2018)

Joyland Magazine
The Other You’s” (October 2018)

Vol.1 Brooklyn
Confessions of the Lovestruck” (August 2018)

X-Ray Magazine
FriendHyre” (August 2018)

Atticus Review
“The Whitener” (June 2018)

Five 2 One
“Sated” (March 2018)

Flapper House
“Investment Vehicle,” “Vote for Arnie,” “Seasons Greetings (Everything Will Be Fine)” (June 2017)

The Margins
“Funeral By The Arcade” (2016)

Bartleby Snopes
“League of Losers” (2016)

Vol. 1 Brooklyn
“The Bulletpoints of Valley Pete” (2016)

Fiction Advocate
“The Art of Denial” (2015)

Valparaiso Fiction Review
“Pyramid Schemes” (2014)

Tahoma Literary Review
“A Letter From Your Dinosaur” (2014)

Lunch Ticket
“First-Person Shooter” (2014)

Pif Magazine
“Blacklights” (2013)

Monson Arts (2022)
The Studios at Key West (2020)
Willapa Bay AiR (2018)
Hawthornden Castle, Scotland (2018)
Caldera (2018, 2019)
Djerassi Resident Artists Program (2017)
I-Park Foundation (2013)
Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts (2012)
New York Mills Regional Cultural Center (2012)
MacDowell Colony Fellow (2010)

Founder, 7.13 Books (2016-present)
Fiction Editor, Newfound Journal (2017-2019, 5 issues)

Community of Writers at Squaw Valley (Summer 2019)
The Writing Institute at Sarah Lawrence College (2017-present)

MFA in Creative Writing, Lesley University (2011)
B.S. in Business Administration, University of California at Berkeley (1998)