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Celebrated Hunter alumnus Bill Cheng is best known for his novel, Southern Cross the Dog, which follows the story of a boy who survives the Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 and then spends several decades as a refugee, an abandoned orphan, and then an itinerant laborer. HarperCollins describes the book as "teeming with language that voices both the savage beauty and the complex humanity of the American South, Southern Cross the Dog is a tour de force of literary imagination that heralds the arrival of a major new voice in fiction."
Cheng's fiction has appeared and been collected in Guernica, The Book of Men, and Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today's New York. He is the recipient of a 2015 Fellowship in Fiction from the New York Foundation for the Arts.