Richard Chiem

Instructor & Writer
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Richard Chiem is the author of You Private Person (Sorry House Classics, 2017), and the novel, King of Joy (Soft Skull, 2019), which was long listed for the 2020 PEN Open Book Award. He was named a 2019 Writer to Watch by the Los Angeles Times. He has taught at Hugo House and Catapult. He lives in Seattle.


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Cover Photo: This illustration shows two people running down what looks like a southern California street. There are palm trees in the background and zombie grizzly bears, covered in purple gore, are chasing them down the block. The whole illustration has a purple overtone.
Mess You Up

When you intentionally hurt the ones you love most, you leave behind a demon you cannot kill.

Nov 12, 2021
Cover Photo: Three shot glasses full of clear alcohol against a black background,  a different slice of fruit diving into each, lighting the drink up with their neon glows—orange, red, blue—splashing brightly into the darkness.
You Do You

She updates the simple bio on her dating profile: “looking for nothing serious. I am really into knives. Really, really into knives, ask me about it.”

Jan 10, 2020