Matthew Salesses

Instructor & Writer
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Matthew Salesses was adopted from Korea and is the author of three  novels, THE HUNDRED-YEAR FLOOD,  I'M NOT SAYING, I'M JUST SAYING,  and DISAPPEAR DOPPELGÄNGER DISAPPEAR: A NOVEL, as well as  CRAFT IN THE REAL WORLD. In 2015, Buzzfeed named him one of 32 essential Asian American writers. He teaches fiction writing and Asian American literature at Coe College.


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Cover Photo: An image from the film adaptation of The Hunger Games books: the protagonist Katniss standing among fires and rubble, looking distressed
On Worldbuilding and the Question of Resistance

In fiction, you can feel good about resistance without actually resisting anything.

Jan 19, 2021
Cover Photo: An illustration of a young girl riding a dragon through the sky
Fate and Desire in Asian America

The satisfaction people take in free will comes not from their ability to choose, but from their ability to feel like they’ve chosen.

Jul 22, 2020
Cover Photo: The cover image Chang-Rae Lee's Native Speaker
What Does It Mean to Write Asian American Literature?

In my family, race itself did not exist. If I wanted to be real, I could not experience what was not real.

Jun 16, 2020
Cover Photo: An Asian man wearing a face mask that covers his mouth and nose
Love and Silence in Asian America

If the world responds to our silence and not to our love, then it teaches us that silence is a condition of our development.

May 20, 2020