The Foley Artist: Stories


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Gaudy Boy, LLC
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5.5 X 8.5 X 0.36 inches | 0.45 pounds

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About the Author

Ricco Villanueva Siasoco is a writer, educator, and activist based in Los Angeles. His work has been published in AGNI, Joyland, Drunken Boat, and The North American Review. He has received fellowships from The Center for Fiction, Lambda Literary, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He received his MFA from Bennington College and has taught at Columbia University, Boston College, and the Massachusetts College of Art. Ricco is a board member of Kundiman, a national literary organization dedicated to Asian American literature. He is completing his EdD from Teachers College, Columbia University, where his research interests are anti-bias education, critical pedagogy, and indigenous literature. Currently, he is the Director of Equity & Inclusion at the Chadwick School in Palos Verdes.


"A collection like a circus of daredevils, but with the determined charm of a Chinese drag queen making her home in Iowa. Siasoco takes us on a trip through the world we know by way of characters I've not seen in fiction before, or at least, not enough of--characters with stories I have been waiting for. A bravura debut." --Alexander Chee, author of How to Write an Autobiographical Novel

"The Foley Artist is Ricco Villanueva Siasoco's book of wonders--filled with compelling and unpredictable stories that alternate between dark and light. It marks the exciting debut of a bold and brilliant new writer. A kickass read!" --Jessica Hagedorn, author of Dogeaters and Toxicology

"Clever, vivid, and poignant, The Foley Artist is a treasure. Ricco Villanueva Siasoco nimbly guides us from drag shows in Des Moines to wrestling rings in greater Boston, from wet markets in Manila to porn shops in West Hollywood, in prose that sings with tenderness, humor, and insight. Here are Filipino-American lives and queer lives in all their glorious complexity, and here is a debut author in full command of his wide-ranging imagination." --Mia Alvar, author of In the Country

"These captivating and interconnected stories about fusion and friction--familial, cultural, racial, and sexual--read like quiet punches in the gut. A poignant and, at times, heart-stabbing, collection that offers stunning twists to the familiar." --R. Zamora Linmark, author of The Importance of Being Wilde at Heart and Leche

"Siasoco writes the kind of emotionally complex observation that makes you say, ah, this is life . . . Each of the stories in The Foley Artist is funny, affectionate, tough, brainy, and subversive, and each one lingers a long, long time. I couldn't put it down and I already want to go back." --Paul Lisicky, author of Later and The Narrow Door

"Siasoco performs more than a little magic in the pages of The Foley Artist. Nine stories, seemingly straightforward. But there are worlds within worlds here. Ricco is suave with his sentences, nimble in his ability to move from humor to pathos. More than anything, he can explore the universal unknown that is the human heart. It was a joy to read and learn from The Foley Artist." --Charles Bock, author of Alice & Oliver

"Siasoco takes us to Des Moines, Boston, Manila, Los Angeles, and all the other places where Filipinos are, and centers our stories with beautiful, powerful, and complicated characters at their most intimate, life-shifting moments. Siasoco's writing constantly pushes towards the truth of a moment, even when we want to look away. His writing is compassionate, generous, funny, and exuberant. The Foley Artist is Siasoco's debut, but this is the book of a writer who has taken their time to publish extraordinary, brave stories exploring our human experience." --Grace Talusan, author of The Body Papers

Read Ricco's interviews in The Margins and the Interlocutor