David Yoo : Hachette Speakers Bureau

David Yoo

Award-Winning Author

David Yoo is the author most recently of the comic essay collection, The Choke Artist: Confessions of a Chronic Underachiever, which has received rave reviews and has been featured on NPR. In this brutally honest collection of often cringe-inducing episodes, Yoo perfectly captures the choke artist’s cycle of failure and fear from childhood through adulthood. Whether he’s wearing four layers of clothing to artificially beef up his slim frame, routinely testing highlighters against his forearm to see if he indeed has yellow skin, or preemptively sabotaging promising relationships in order to avoid comparison to former boyfriends, he celebrates and skewers the insecurities of anxious people everywhere.

Yoo is also the author of the YA novels Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before, a Chicago Best of the Best selection, and Girls For Breakfast, an NYPL Books For the Teen Age selection and a Reading Rants Top Ten Books for Teens choice, along with a middle grade novel, The Detention Club. He teaches in the MFA program at Pine Manor College and at the Gotham Writer's Workshop, and has a monthly column in Koream Journal, the largest Asian American magazine in the U.S.

Yoo has spoken regularly at schools and universities and conferences about his upbringing as a "token Asian guy" in an all-white hometown, his journey as a writer, and has given countless lectures on the craft of writing.

Yoo lives in Massachusetts with his wife and son, where he regularly plays adult soccer and old school video games. He teaches in the MFA program at Pine Manor College and at the Gotham Writers’ Workshop.

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  • Coming to Terms with Ethnicity
  • Asian Identity in Today’s Society
  • An Afternoon or Evening with David Yoo

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