Mong - Lan

Texas, United States

Member Since: 10/28/2014

MONG-LAN, multi-artist, poet, writer, painter, photographer, musician, composer, singer, dancer and teacher of Argentine tango, and educator, left her native Vietnam on the last day of the evacuation of Saigon. Winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Juniper Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Awards for Poetry, and other awards, Mong-Lan’s poetry has been nationally and internationally anthologized to include being in Best American Poetry and The Pushcart Book of Poetry: Best Poems from 30 Years of the Pushcart Prize. She is the author of eight books and chapbooks which contain her poetry and artwork -- books include Song of the Cicadas (Juniper Prize, winner of the Great Lakes Colleges' Associations' New Writer's Award, finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award); Why is the Edge Always Windy?; Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art; the bilingual Spanish / English edition, Tango, Tangueando: Poemas & Dibujos; One Thousand Minds Brimming: poems & art; and the chapbooks Love Poem to Tofu and Other Poems and Love Poem to Ginger & Other Poems: poetry & paintings. Her book Force of the Heart: Tango, Art, which includes drawings, paintings, and a poem, was inspired by the tango.

A Wallace E. Stegner Fellow in poetry for two years at Stanford University and a Fulbright Fellow in Vietnam, Mong-Lan received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. Her poetry has been frequently anthologized to include in Asian American Poetry —The Next Generation; Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (Norton); Force Majeure (Indonesia); Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry; Jungle Crows: a Tokyo Expatriate anthology and has appeared in leading American literary journals. She has read her poetry, lectured and/or given academic presentations in the U.S., Switzerland, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, and Argentina. Her paintings and photographs have been exhibited for one year at the Capitol House in Washington D.C., for six months at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, in galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area, in public exhibitions in Tokyo, Bali, Bangkok, Buenos Aires and Seoul. She has taught at the University of Maryland in Tokyo, Stanford University and the University of Arizona. She is currently working on a novel, books of poetry, books which contain her artwork, etc.

Mong-Lan lived in Japan, for six years, teaching with the University of Maryland in Tokyo. She lived in Buenos Aires, Argentina, for six years as well, and now divides her time between the U.S. and Argentina. Furthermore, she is fluent in Vietnamese, Spanish, French, Italian, and English, and speaks some Japanese and Thai. Mong-Lan is available to teach, perform, present workshops, give lectures and readings. Visit:



Twitter Username: @monglan11


  • Song of the Cicadas , University of Massachuetts Press, Amherst (May 2000)
  • Why is the Edge Always Windy? , Tupelo Press (2005)
  • Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art , Valiant Press (2008)
  • One Thousand Minds Brimming: poems & art , Valiant Press (2014)
  • Tango, Tangueando: Poemas y Dibujos (edición bilingüe, español-inglés) , Valiant Press (2009)
  • Force of the Heart: Tango, Art , Valiant Press (2011)
  • Love Poem to Tofu & Other Poems (chapbook) , Valiant Press (2008)
  • Love Poem to Ginger & Other Poems (chapbook) , Valiant Press (2012)
  • Dusk Aflame: poems & art , Valiant Press (January 2018)
  • Tone of Water in a Half-Filled Glass (chapbook) , Foothills Publishing (May 2018)


  • Pushcart Prize(1999)
  • Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Awards for Poetry(2001)
  • Juniper Prize(2000)
  • Wallace E. Stegner Fellowship, Stanford University(2000)
  • Fulbright Fellowship(2003)


  • Faculty / Prof. at University of Maryland, Tokyo, Japan (2002 - 2007)
  • Instructor -- multidisplinary workshops in writing, visual arts, and dance. at The Jung Center of Houston (September 2014 - )
  • Instructor, Performer, Dancer, Musician, Artist at Self / Independent (2008 - 2016)
  • Faculty / Instructor at various organizations at San Diego State University, Dallas Museum of Arts, etc. (2005 - )
  • Faculty at The Writer's Garret (January 2013 - )


  • Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, Poetry from University of Arizona, Tucson
  • Bachelor of Arts in Literature in English, Psychology from University of the State of New York, Albany
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language from St. Giles College, Cambridge Univ CELTA

Genres of Interest

Fiction, Creative nonfiction, Playwriting, Screenwriting, Poetry