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Andy Quan

Born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Andy Quan is a third-generation Chinese Canadian. His short fiction, much of which is erotic, has been widely anthologized. He co-edited and contributed to Swallowing Clouds: An Anthology of Chinese-Canadian Poetry. Quan received a B.A. in international studies from Trent University in 1993 and an M.A. in political science from York University in 1994. He is also a singer/songwriter, has acted, and currently lives in Sydney where he worked for the Australian Federation of AIDS Organizations and more recently opened a Reiki practice and an editing and copywriting business. A recent anthology that he contributed to is Second Person Queer, an anthology of essays on LGBT life written in the second person.

Fiction (Short Stories)

Calendar Boy

Vancouver: New Star Books, 2001
Sydney: Penguin Australia, 2002
PS8583 .U3318 C35 2001

Publisher’s Synopsis (New Star Books)

On the verge of adulthood, self-discovery, coming out; in university towns, Europe, Vancouver, Toronto, Sydney, the protagonists of Calendar Boy unravel cultural heritage, community, identity on the road to–they hope–love, happiness, and self-acceptance.

Awards and Honours

2001 Lambda Literary Award – Independent Press (Shortlisted)

Fiction (Short stories)

Six Positions: Sex Writing

[San Francisco, CA]: Green Candy Press, 2005

Publisher’s Synopsis


Bowling Pin Fire

Winnipeg: Signature Editions, 2007

Publisher’s Synopsis

… Andy Quan recounts a series of firsts: first time listening to Joni Mitchell’s Blue, first loss of a friend, first dance with a man. Building on earlier explorations of memory, sexuality, and culture that are the signatures of his best work, Bowling Pin Fire transcribes the arc of one man’s life from growing up Chinese in Vancouver, to seeing the world through the lens of fearless, free-spirited youth, to arriving, as we all must, at the initial cautionary glimmerings of mid-life. …



Roberts Creek, B.C.: Nightwood Editions, 2001
PS8583 .U3318 S5 2001

Publisher’s Synopsis

Sharp, accessible and witty, Slant offers a fresh exploration of issues of race, sexuality, and life in the global village. The collection alternates between three main themes of childhood and family in the Chinese diaspora; gay sexuality, community and rites-of-passage; and voyages literal and metaphorical.


Andy Quan Homepage

Publisher Arsenal Pulp Press

Publisher Harbour Publishing

Publisher Signature Editions