Corey Sobel’s debut novel, The Redshirt, will be published by the New Poetry & Prose Series at the University Press of Kentucky on October 13, 2020. The Redshirt is a finalist for the Center for Fiction’s First Novel Prize. It has received advance praise from Peter Orner, Chris Bachelder, Deni Bechard, Rion Amilcar Scott, Jess Row, Drew Magary, and Megan Greenwell, and will be excerpted by LitHub 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 new 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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