James Han Mattson was born in Seoul, Korea and raised in North Dakota. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, he has received grants from the Michener-Copernicus Society of America and Humanities North Dakota. He has been a featured storyteller at The Moth, and has taught at the University of Iowa, the University of Cape Town, the University of Maryland, the George Washington University, Murray State University, and the University of California – Berkeley. In 2009, he moved to Korea and reunited with his birth family after 30 years of separation.
He is the author of two novels: The Lost Prayers of Ricky Graves (Little A: 2017), which was an Amazon Best Book of the Month and a New York Post Required Reading, and Reprieve, forthcoming in Fall 2021 from William Morrow/Harper Collins. He is currently the fiction editor of Hyphen Magazine.