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Join us live for a virtual book reading by writer Ocean Vuong followed by an audience Q&A.
Ocean Vuong is the author of the New York Times bestselling novel On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous from Penguin Press (2019), forthcoming in 30 languages worldwide. A recipient of a 2019 MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship, he is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016 and winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize; Whiting Award; Thom Gunn Award; and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. A Ruth Lilly Fellow from the Poetry Foundation, his honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation; Civitella Ranieri Foundation; The Elizabeth George Foundation; the Academy of American Poets; and the Pushcart Prize.
Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic; Granta; Harpers; The Nation; New Republic; The New Yorker; the New York Times; The Village Voice; and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinkers, alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon, and Angela Merkel, Vuong was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian-American Writers” and has been profiled on NPR’s All Things Considered, PBS’s NewsHour, Teen Vogue, Interview, Poets & Writers, and The New Yorker.
Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts where he serves as an associate professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass-Amherst.
Presented in partnership with SAIC’s Writing Program.
View the Ocean Vuong SAIC Flaxman Library Resource Guide for additional information about the writer.