The State of Vietnamese-American Poetics

Rooms 338-339, Summit Building, Seattle Convention Center, Level 3
Thursday, March 9, 2023
12:10 pm to 1:25 pm


In this panel, Vietnamese-American poets discuss the legacy of Vietnamese and Vietnamese-American poetics and how they see themselves honoring, disrupting, and expanding the landscape of Vietnamese-American literature. Panelists will cite work from notable Vietnamese-American poets, discuss the influence of the Vietnam War, and how certain poetic forms help with carrying on Vietnamese traditions.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: The_State_Of_Vietnamese-American_Poetics__Outline.pdf



Joshua Nguyen is the author of Come Clean (University of Wisconsin Press), winner of the 2021 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry and winner of the 2022 Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Poetry Award. He is also the author of the chapbook American Lục Bát for My Mother (Bull City Press, 2021).

Paul Tran is the author of the debut poetry collection, All the Flowers Kneeling, from Penguin in the US and the UK. They are an assistant professor of English and Asian American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Susan Nguyen is the author of the poetry collection Dear Diaspora (University of Nebraska Press), which won the 2020 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and a 2022 New Mexico-Arizona Book Award. She is currently the Senior Editor for Hayden's Ferry Review.

Kimberly Nguyễn is a Vietnamese-American poet originally from Omaha, Nebraska and currently living in New York City. She was a 2021 Emerging Voices Fellow at PEN America, and she has a collection published in October 2022.

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