R283. Reimagining America: Reading by Children of Vietnamese Refugees

Room 13, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Forty-three years after the Vietnam War, exile to the United States continues to haunt life for children of Vietnamese refugees. Five nationally award-winning poets and fiction writers will perform new work investigating how imperialism, migration, sexual violence, queerness, and our families’ silence about the War shapes our craft decisions and community activism. We’ll specifically examine the collision of longing and belonging, nostalgia, and the imperative to imagine new definitions of home.


Paul Tran is a Pushcart Prize-nominated poet and historian. They received fellowships from Kundiman, VONA, Poets House, Lambda Literary, Napa Valley, Home School Miami, and the Vermont Studio Center. In 2015, they placed Top 10 at both the National Poetry Slam and Individual World Poetry Slam.

Lauren Bullock is a multiracial writer, performer, and community organizer. She has competed in many national poetry slam events including appearing on final stages for the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). Currently she writes for Black Nerd Problems and is a FreezeRay poetry editor

Nghiem Tran is a graduate of Vassar College and a University Fellow in Syracuse's MFA program. He is a Kundiman Fellow and an ESL tutor for Vietnamese immigrants. He is currently working on a poetry collection and a novel about Asian American teens living in Kansas.

Cathy Linh Che is the author of the poetry collection, Split, winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies.

Vt Hung is a graduate student at Syracuse University's MFA program in fiction. He is also a Kundiman Fiction Fellow and former Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers' Workshop in New York City.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside