David Kingston Yeh

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David Kingston Yeh holds his MA in cultural sociology from Queen’s University, is an alumnus of George Brown Theatre School, and attended Advanced Post Graduate Studies in Expressive Arts at the European Graduate School in Saas Fee, Switzerland. He works as a counsellor and educator in downtown Toronto, Canada. David resides up the street from a circus academy, along with his husband Daniel and a family of racoons. His short fiction has appeared in numerous magazines. He has published two novels: A Boy at the Edge of the World (2018) and Tales From the Bottom of My Sole (2020). He has been listed among "writers to watch" by CBC Books. He'll be completing his third novel, The B-Side of Daniel Garneau, in 2021.

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David Kingston Yeh Tales From the Bottom of My Sole (2020) is a stand-alone sequel to A Boy at the Edge of the World (2018), an episodic novel about a young gay man’s ex…moreTales From the Bottom of My Sole (2020) is a stand-alone sequel to A Boy at the Edge of the World (2018), an episodic novel about a young gay man’s exploration of sex, intimacy and love. I introduce the protagonist Daniel Garneau when he’s eighteen, and we follow his misadventures in dating and relationships over the next seven years.

My writing is inspired in part by my own life experiences moving to Toronto, and my work as an LGBTQ+ counsellor. For years, I’ve had the privilege of hearing hundreds of stories by young queer and trans men, from all walks of life – inexhaustible tales of sadness and joy, confusion and beauty. Daniel’s story is a distillation of these, their truth and their legacy.

Toronto itself plays a central role in this narrative, offering spaces and opportunities unique to this city. Nowhere else can you find such a diversity of people, cultures and communities. Toronto’s ramshackle neighbourhoods, dive bars and hipster cafes, theatres and clubs form a backdrop that is both quintessentially Canadian and universal.

When it came to the writing itself, it was important for me not to be circumspect or coy in depicting gay sexuality. But I wanted to offer it the same literary realism afforded to heteronormative sexuality. At the same time, by keeping to a minimalist, documentary language, I hoped to actively engage readers in creating the story, one enlivened by their own personal, subjective meaning.

In structuring these novels, I observed how people share their lives through Facebook and Instagram. What if I were to translate this form of story-telling into narrative prose? So Daniel’s adventures are recounted in the first person, and begin with his statement: “I could remember that moment as easily as turning a page in a photo album.”

I’ve called Daniel’s story a “confabulated fictional memoir.” Of course, the autobiographical works of David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs were also influences. But what was most important to me was to capture the adventure, levity and wonder of young adulthood. (There is enough gay-themed literature that is grim, sardonic or tragic.) I hope you may love Daniel's story as much as I do, and join him on his continuing, strange and beautiful self-discovery... at the edge of the world. ~DKY
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David Kingston Yeh Write what you would want to read. Dig deep into the emotional core of a scene; If you start to feel vulnerable, embarrassed or scared, then you've st…moreWrite what you would want to read. Dig deep into the emotional core of a scene; If you start to feel vulnerable, embarrassed or scared, then you've struck gold-- keep on going! Remember to breathe. Write as if you were the last person on earth.(less)
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COMMUNITY IN 2021

Since the release of my second novel October 2020, I’ve participated in a number of interviews and discussions on the craft of writing, my process and inspirations. Again and again, I found myself speaking about… community.

When the pandemic started, I had the privilege of working from home. As a novelist, my attitude was: “Great- more time for uninterrupted writing!” And for about six months I did Read more of this blog post »
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