Poetry. Asian American Studies. Grounded in the present tense—in the dailiness of politics and domesticity, citizenship and femaleness—Nguyen's loose, everyday language performs a hook and snare on the ungraspable reality of 21st century America. In the nearly ego-less space of these chiseled yet spacious poems, an extraordinarily clear-eyed poet claims her stakes.
It's not a time to run
I wear soft shoes
and it took a long time
to walk here
Author City: TORONTO, ON CAN
Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the DC area, Hoa Nguyen studied Poetics at New College of California in San Francisco where she earned an MFA. She is the author of three full-length collections of poetry including AS LONG AS TREES LAST (Wave Books, 2012), HECATE LOCHIA (Hot Whiskey Press, 2009) and Your Ancient See Through (Subpress, 2002). Her poetry has been collected in eight anthologies including DAYS I MOVED THROUGH ORDINARY SOUNDS: THE TEACHERS OF WRITERSCORPS IN POETRY AND PROSE (City Lights Publishers, 2009), THE BEST OF FENCE (Fence Books, 2009), FOR THE TIME BEING: A BOOTSTRAP ANTHOLOGY (Bootstrap Press, 2008), Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (Milkweed Editions, 2008), and NOT FOR MOTHERS ONLY (Fence Books, 2007). With the poet Dale Smith, Nguyen founded Skanky Possum, a small press journal of poetry and poetics, publishing contemporary poets such as Amiri Baraka, Alice Notley, Linh Dinh, Kenward Elmslie and Eileen Myles. In 2002, as editor of Best American Poetry, Robert Creeley selected poems by four poets that were published in issue 6 of Skanky Possum. Nguyen has been invited to perform her work, act as poet in residence, and lecture on poetry for universities, conferences and literary organizations, including, most recently, the University of Texas, Austin, TX; Washington State University, Pullman, WA; the Charles Olson Centenary Conference, Vancouver, BC; Buffalo State, Buffalo, NY; the Association for Asian American Studies Conference, Austin, TX; Naropa University, Boulder, CO; and the Belladonna Conference, New York, NY.
Reviews and Other Links
Dan Shewan @ The Rumpus
text + audio: "Never Seen" @ PBS Newshour's Art Beat
Patrick James Dunagan @ NewPages
Michael Andor Brodeur | Best poetry books of 2012 @ The Boston Globe
Seth Abramson @ The Huffington Post
Michael Andor Brodeur @ The Boston Globe