Kearny Street Workshop and the San Francisco Arts Commission Chinatown
Community Arts Program present
A Reading by Vietnamese American Writers
Sunday, September 9, 2 to 4 pm.
Chinatown Community Arts Program Gallery
750 Kearny Street, 3rd Fl. (Holiday Inn)
All of the writers immigrated to America when they were young, and their
writings reflect this dual culture. The reading features two published
poets, Mong Lan and Truong Tran, and emerging prose writer John Vu.
Mông-Lans first collection of poetry, Song of the Cicadas, is the winner of
the 2000 Juniper Prize. She is a writer, visual artist, and dancer. After
the fall of Saigon, she immigrated with her family to America at a young
age. She currently is a Wallace E. Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
In her book, she conveys the certainty that even when the world stops making
sense, decency and beauty somehow survive. From Saigon to San Francisco, she
combines the earthly and the ecstatic, the animal and the sublime, to create
lyrics that tempt and haunt.
Truong Tran was born in 1969 in Saigon, Vietnam. He and his family
immigrated to the United States where they resettled in the San Francisco
Bay Area. Tran's poems have been published in numerous literary journals
including ZYZZYVA, The American Voice, Crazyhorse, Prairie Schooner, and The
North Dakota Quarterly. His first book, The Book of Perceptions, a
collection of poems/fragments coupled with the photography of Chung Hoang
Chuong, was published by KSW in 1999. The book was finalist for the Kiriyama
Pacific Rim Book Prize. Truong has a second collection from Apogee Press
entitled Placing the Accents. He is the recipient of poetry fellowships from
the Arts Council of Santa Clara, The California Arts Council and The
Creative Work Fund. His third collection will be published in 2002.
John Vu was born in Vietnam in 1972 and moved to the United States with his
family after the war. John has degrees in Psychology, Sociology, and
Management at UC Santa Cruz and Claremont Graduate University. He lives in
San Francisco. John attended KSWs all-level Creative Writing class taught
by Roy Kamada and has read his work at KSW student readings.
SAVE THE DATE!
Kearny Street Workshop's
APAture: A Window on the Art of Young Asian Pacific Americans
is coming September 18 - 29, 2001
to SomArts in San Francisco.
more info: www.kearnystreet.org/apature.html