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P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans

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Anthony So, 2018

MFA, Syracuse University

Anthony So is the child of immigrants from Cambodia

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MFA in Fiction at Syracuse University

Anthony So is a Cambodian-American writer, cartoonist, and graduate of Stanford University, where he majored in English literature and art practice. A native of Stockton, California, Anthony was raised by two survivors of the Khmer Rouge genocide who, despite immigrating to the United States with sixth grade educations, found economic success.

At Stanford, Anthony helped write and illustrate two graphic novels through The Stanford Graphic Novel Project. He also served as the editor-in-chief of The Stanford Chaparral Humor Magazine, hosted Stanford’s comedy open mic, and spent a summer in Los Angeles and New York City performing as a standup comedian.

After graduating from college, Anthony taught literature and writing at The Urban School of San Francisco and Next Generation Scholars, a college-access nonprofit that serves low-income students. He is particularly proud of helping first-generation students earn admission to several prestigious universities, including his own alma mater, Stanford.

Currently, Anthony is completing his MFA in fiction at Syracuse University, where he is a University Fellow. He is working on a collection of stories interspersed with comics and a novel about a Cambodian-American rapper. His stories and comics have been published or are forthcoming in n+1, Ninth Letter, Hobart, and elsewhere. You can also find his work on his website,

  • MFA Fiction | Syracuse University 2020
  • BA English Literature | Stanford University 2015
  • BA Art Practice | Stanford University 2015
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