Eric C. Wat > Career Bio

Eric C. Wat is an accomplished writer living in Los Angeles. Although his works have crossed different genres, his passion remains in prose fiction. His short stories have appeared in literary anthologies and magazines alike. Publications in anthologies include: Best Gay Asian Erotica (Cleis Press, 2004), Take Out: Queer Writing From Asian Pacific America (Asian American Writers Workshop, 2000), and On a Bed of Rice: An Asian American Erotic Feast (Anchor Books, 1995). In 1997, his short story, "The Sitting Ghost," received Third Place in the Lifting Belly Fiction and Poetry Contest by Moonrabbit Review . Eric has also collaborated with other writers and artists. A literary collaboration with writer Inigo Jones was published in 1999 in Disorient Journalzine, and another collaboration with visual artist Suvan Geer was included in a 2004 exhibit, entitled City Dialogues , at the Barnsdall Municipal Arts Park in Los Angeles.

Eric has also published non-fiction work, including essays, creative non-fiction, academic writing, and journalistic articles. Most notably, his first book, The Making of a Gay Asian Community: An Oral History of Pre-AIDS Los Angeles , was published in 2002 by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc. It is used in ethnic studies and LGBT studies on college campuses across the country. He also co-edited Great Events from History: Gay Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Events (Salem Press, 2006). He has written for ColorLines, Asian Week , Frontiers , California Journal , and Amerasia Journal . In 2000, he was selected as one of six writing fellows in the pilot Sundance Arts Writing Program, designed to encourage creative non-fiction writing about the arts and its place in everyday life.

Eric has tremendous experience in mentoring other aspiring writers. In 2000 and 2004, he worked with a group of Cambodian high-school-aged girls in Long Beach, CA on a series of writing workshops, which led to the publication of a collection of their prose and poetry in each of those two years. And in 2002-2004, through a California State Library - Library Services and Technology Act project grant, he co-facilitated two 10-session writing workshop series at the Bruggemeyer Memorial Library in Monterey Park, CA. The first session targeted senior residents, and the second focused on writers whose first language is not English. As a model project, the curriculum was published as a workshop facilitator's manual and distributed by the California State Library to other libraries in the state.

Recently, Eric has completed a manuscript of short story collection entitled The Sum of My Flaws. He is working on a novel.

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