Gene Luen Yang

Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang began publishing comic books under the title Humble Comics in 1996 and won the Xeric Grant for his first comic, Gordon Yamamoto and the King of the Geeks. Since then, he has written or collaborated on several books for children and young adults. The Eisner Award-winning American Born Chinese became the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award as well as the first to win the American Library Association’s Printz Award. The Eternal Smile, a collaborative project with Derek Kirk Kim, also won an Eisner Award. In addition, he was nominated for Eisner Awards for both Prime Baby and his collaborative work Level Up. Yang is currently writing the Avatar: The Last Airbender comics series for Dark Horse Comics. His two-volume graphic novel project Boxers & Saints, published in September, is longlisted for a National Book Award. Yang teaches at Hamline University in their summer MFA program.


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Read an interview with Yang and an excerpt from Boxers & Saints.

Read an interview with Yang on the Asian-American experience.

Discover some of Yang’s literary influences.

Watch an interview with Yang about his career.

Read a Q&A about Boxers & Saints.


Children's Literature , Graphic Novel , Young Adult Literature

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