Writing & Resume

2012 Scrambler Books  OUT OF PRINT

2012 Scrambler Books OUT OF PRINT

selected praise

"Considering how much I love Richard Chiem's writing, and given how its uncanny snare and sweep of life's especially agile, prompt, messed, lithe, sharp, and heartbreaking things leaves me stiffed of summarizing words, I think I'll just nominate his work for immortality."


Dennis Cooper, author of The Marbled Swarm


"Richard Chiem writes of all the weirdness and ooziness and tenderness of young love, with such lucid specificity. Like some beautiful film from the 70s, but also distinctly now. Because I also love how in this book he documents the tremors of contemporary existence, of living and working in a city, measuring days not in coffee spoons but in cigarettes and Simpsons episodes."

Kate Zambreno, author of Green Girl  and Heroines


"Richard Chiem's You Private Person is a bustling prism of a thing, full of passages that actually lead somewhere off of the paper. His words have brains that have bodies that wake you up in the way waking can be the best thing, like into a warm room full of good calm remembered things that feel both like relics and new inside the day. Here rings a wise and bravely sculpted book packed full of stunning thankful color."


Blake Butler, author of There is No Year

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selected publications

12.17.10 “When She Pets the Back of My Neck I Can Be an AnimalMonkey Bicycle; online; Pushcart Prize nominee; appears in YPP


5.31.11 “How to Survive a Car AccidentThought Catalog; appears in YPP


8.29.12 “Back Pockets Full of DynamiteCity Arts Magazine; online and print


12.11.12 “Sky Up3:AM Magazine; online


1.6.13 “Chloe in the AfternoonVol. 1 Brooklyn; online


1.18.13 “AnimalThought Catalog; online; appears in YPP


7.15.13 “King of JoyFanzine; online, novel excerpt


1.22.15 “King of JoyPacifica Literary Review; online; novel excerpt


5.27.15 “Hell is My MaximumCity Arts Magazine; online and print


8.8.16 “Pockets Full of Cake” Fanzine; online


11.1.16 “Purple Sarah Kush” Cold Cube Press Anthology Issue 002; print; novel excerpt


12.13.16 “Deep Inner Thoughts of The Cashiers of Extreme Couponing” Fanzine


6.13.17 “The Smallest Bones in my Body” Moss Magazine; online; novel excerpt


7.21.17 “Stick & Poke’ Gramma Poetry; poem

7.24.17 “Chloe Battles” Metatron; novel excerpt

anthologized works

7.1.13 “Leslie Cheung Jumps Off My Building Closes His Eyes and Then Sings a Song We Both Know and Love;” “Savannah;” “We Are a Goldmine;” “The Rivalry of Dancers;” “The First Time Or Someone Like Me Would Have a Chance in a Movie;” VOMIT; El Gaviero Ediciones; a bilingual print anthology


4.1.14 “How to Survive a Car AccidentThe Yolo Pages; Boost House; print anthology


6.30.14 “How to Survive a Car Accident40 Likely to Die Before 40: An Introduction to Alt Lit; Civil Coping Mechanisms; print anthology



12.22.10 What If, Wendy; e-book


10.15.12 You Private Person: Stories; Scrambler Books; collection of short stories


8.24.17 You Private Person; Sorry House Classics reissue



King of Joy; novel


selected readings, lectures, & exhibitions


10.11.11 Small Doggies Reading Series w/ Scott Poole and Lidia Yukavitch. The Blue Monk. Portland, OR.


3.30.2012 APRIL Festival w/ Stacey Levine and Doug Nufer. Bluebird Microcreamery. Seattle, WA.


6.5.12 Urban Art Concept. Art installation, bear statute. "About a Bear." Occidental Park. Seattle. WA.


10.18.12 City Arts Fest Lit Crawl Seattle. APRIL Festival reading w/ Matthew Simmons and Megan Kaminski. Quarter Lounge. Seattle, WA.


11.15.12 University Book Store. Reading & Book Signing w/ Gabriel Blackwell. You Private Person by Richard Chiem Book Release Party. Vermillion Bar. Seattle, WA.


8.31.13 Elliott Bay Book Company. 2nd Printing of You Private Person by Richard Chiem Book Release Party. Seattle, WA.


11.5.13 University of Washington Bothell. Featured Author and Guest Lecturer for Rebecca Brown’s MFA Fiction Class. Book Signing, Reading, and Q&A. Bothell, WA.


12.7.13 If Not For Kidnap Reading Series w/ Rich Smith and Jane Wong. Featured Prose Author. Independent Publishing Resource Center. Portland, OR.


3.27.14 APRIL Festival. All Made Up Fiction Showcase w/ Jac Jemc and Matt Briggs. Performance and installation by the Satori Group inspired by King of Joy by Richard Chiem. Inscape. Seattle, WA.


12.13.15 Octopus Books. A Celebration of Wong May’s Picasso's Tears. Mother Foucault’s Books. Portland, OR.


10.22.15 Lit Crawl Seattle. APRIL Festival reading w/ Sonya Vatomsky and Princess Charming. Hugo House. Seattle, WA.


4.10.16 Monorail Reading Series w/ Quenton Baker and Mattilida Bernstein Sycamore. Fred Wildlife Refuge. Seattle, WA.


4.22.16 University of Washington Bothell. Featured Author and Guest Lecturer for Rebecca Brown’s Undergraduate Fiction Class. Book Signing, Reading, and Q&A. Bothell, WA.


10.1.16 Fall Convergence 2016 Conference. What is a Novel? Panelist w/ Laynie Browne and Brian Evenson. University of Washington Bothell. Bothell, WA.


selected interviews & profiles


1.23.12 Otherppl w/ Brad Listi Episode 142 -- Richard Chiem


9.12.12 Matthews Simmons interviews Richard Chiem for Hobart.


10.1.12 Lillian Nickerson’s Q&A with Richard Chiem for City Arts Magazine.


12.19.12 Luna Miguel profiles Richard Chiem w/ Ben Lerner, Blake Butler, Dorothea Lasky, and others, for Spanish Magazine Playground Articulos.


9.8.14 Christina Twu interviews Richard Chiem for the International Examiner. Richard Chiem: A Vietnamese American Voice for 20-Somethings.