The graphic novelist and MacArthur Grant recipient sees his life as an outsider as a blessing.
One morning this past September, Gene Luen Yang was backing out of his driveway in San Jose, California, to go to his writing studio — a nearby Panera Bread — when he got a call. Someone from the MacArthur Foundation was on the other end, informing him that he was among 23 winners of the $625,000 MacArthur Fellowship. Also known as "genius grants" (a term the foundation dislikes), the annual award recognizes innovative, creative leaders in any industry who are American citizens or residents. continue reading >>