Gene Luen Yang, named National Ambassador for Young People's Literature (2015/2016) last year, now has won a MacArthur 'Genius' Fellowship for his work as a graphic novelist and cartoonist. Gene is a favorite faculty member in Hamline's low-residency MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults (MFAC) program, coming to campus every summer for the 10-day residency and then working with students one-on-one for a semester. See Gene's faculty profile.
"Gene Luen Yang is a graphic novelist and cartoonist whose work for young adults demonstrates the potential of comics to broaden our understanding of diverse cultures and people. Yang has produced full-length graphic novels, short stories, and serial comics, many of which explore present-day and historical events through a contemporary Chinese American lens." Read more from MacArthur Foundation site >
From the LA Times: Gene Luen Yang wins a MacArthur grant 'out of left field, but in the best way'
From Vox.com: Gene Luen Yang has won a MacArthur Genius Grant. Here’s how he’s changing comics
Hear more from Yang himself in the video below produced by the MacArthur Foundation.