Electric Literature invited Lincoln Michel and me to make a talk-related mixtape to celebrate Gigantic's newest print issue, Gigantic Talk. Iggy Pop speaks to Canadian television, Charles Bukowski reads to a DOOM beat, the Raincoats transform a Kinks classic, Kool Kyle goes to a job interview, Bob Dylan gives props to Honest Abe, the Shangri-Las relate an epic tale of star-crossed crosstown love, and much more.
"[James Yeh is] probably one of the four or five best writers in the United States who hasn’t yet published a book."
--Kyle Minor, HTMLGIANT
Nice words about my chapbook "9/16/10," cited as a notable story in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011:
"Spit out in tense, hypnotic prose, James Yeh's Taiwanese-American kaddish can be read in the time it takes you to brush your teeth, but I'm going to bet you don't forget its sadness or its post-Brooklyn dread for a long, long time."
--Ed Park, author of Personal Days/a founding editor of the Believer "Yeh’s quiet meditation on death will sneak in and throw up a window in your soul with its intensity."
--Deb Olin Unferth, author of Revolutionand Minor Robberies
--Julia Jackson, Electric Literature's The Outlet blog
"An eight-page auto-bio zine that tells the story about James Yen [sic] being nervous about playing a show at a bar. A lot of it is about loneliness. There are only ten copies so I don’t know why I’m reviewing it."
James Yeh (born in 1982 in Anderson, South Carolina) is a writer, editor, and occasional DJ. His fiction appears in NOON, Fence, BOMB Magazine, Tin House,and PEN America, as well as several anthologies, and his nonfiction appears in VICE magazine, the Organist, 'SUP Magazine, the Rumpus, and the Faster Times. His chapbook, "9/16/10," published by Swill Children in 2010, was selected as a notable story in Best American Nonrequired Reading 2011. A recipient of fellowships from the MacDowell Colony and Columbia University, he was a 2011 Center for Fiction New York City Emerging Writers Fellow. He lives in Brooklyn, where he coedits Gigantic, and is at work on a novel. Freelance copy editor and proofreader by day. For queries, questions, or concerns, he may be reached at jamesyeh82 [at] gmail.com.