F135. Beyond 40 Years: A Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network Reading of Vietnamese American Fiction Writers

Gold Salon 4, JW Marriott LA, 1st Floor
Friday, April 1, 2016
10:30 am to 11:45 am

 

Forty years after the end of the Vietnam War, Vietnamese American literature has flourished. The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network is a California-based alliance of artists, writers, and scholars that aims to promote the art and literature of the Vietnamese diaspora. Five award-winning writers read from their most recent work and discuss the craft and politics of writing in the diverse genre of Vietnamese American fiction.

Moderator:

Aimee Phan is the author of two books of fiction: We Should Never Meet and The Reeducation of Cherry Truong. She has received fellowships from the NEA, the MacDowell Colony, the Rockefeller Foundation, and Hedgebrook. She chairs the writing and literature program at California College of the Arts.

Viet Thanh Nguyen is the author of the novel The Sympathizer and short stories in venues like Best New American Voices and Narrative. He is the founder and editor of the blog diaCRITICS, the leading online source for Vietnamese and diasporic arts, culture, and politics. He teaches at USC.

Bich Minh Nguyen (who goes by Beth) is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, which received the PEN/Jerard Award, the novel Short Girls, which received an American Book Award, and the novel Pioneer Girl. She directs the MFA in writing program at the University of San Francisco.

Vu Tran is the author of the novel Dragonfish. He is the winner of a Whiting Award, and his fiction has appeared in publications like the O. Henry Prize Stories and the Best American Mysteries. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, he teaches creative writing at the University of Chicago.

Dao Strom is the author of Grass Roof, Tin Roof, a novel, The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys, a collection of novellas, and We Were Meant to Be a Gentle People, a memoir with accompanying music album, East/West. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, among others.

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