Corey Sobel’s debut novel, The Redshirt, was published by the New Poetry & Prose Series at the University Press of Kentucky on October 13, 2020. The Redshirt was a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize and one of NPR’s Favorite Books of 2020. It has received praise from Peter Orner, Chris Bachelder, Deni Bechard, Rion Amilcar Scott, Jess Row, Drew Magary, and Megan Greenwell. It was excerpted by Literary Hub and Defector. Sobel has non-fiction published by or forthcoming from The Wall Street Journal’s book section, Esquire, Largehearted Boy, and HuffPost, and he edits the column “Music for Desks” at Epiphany Magazine.
He was born in Colorado and spent his childhood moving around the United States with his family of seven. He attended Duke University on a football scholarship and has since researched HIV/AIDS in North Carolina and Kenya, documented wartime human rights abuses on the border of Burma and Thailand, and served as a researcher for international development organizations around the world.
He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their dog and cat.
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