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Kevin Kim Wang Chong was born in Hong Kong in 1975 and moved with his family in 1977 to Vancouver, where he was raised. He attended Vancouver College and Prince of Wales High School's mini-school programme. After high school, Chong studied at the University of British Columbia, receiving a BA in English and creative writing in 1997. Chong then went to Columbia University in New York, where he received an MFA in fiction writing in 2000. His master's thesis was published in 2001 as his first novel, Baroque-a-Nova. As of 2016, he is the author of five books (Baroque-A-Nova, Neil Young Nation, Beauty Plus Pity, My Year of the Racehorse, and Northern Dancer), numerous short works (fiction and non-fiction), and several stage and broadcast works. His work has appeared in a range of publications, including Taddle Creek, Chatelaine, Maclean's, Maisonneuve, Vancouver Magazine, the Vancouver Sun, and The Walrus, and on CBC Radio. He is also a former co-editor of Joyland Magazine. He served on the Vancouver Public Library's Board of Trustees in 2003-04 and formerly played guitar in a band called The Redenbachers. Chong also teaches creative writing at the University of British Columbia and SFU's The Writer's Studio.