Poetry. Asian American Studies. Winner of the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry. THE OLD PHILOSOPHER is enigmatic, sexual, biblical, anachronistic, political, and personal all at once. These quiet, implosive poems inhabit a non-linear temporality in which Vi Khi Nao brings biblical time and political time together in the same poetic space, allowing current affairs to converse with a more ancient and historical reality.
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Vi Khi Nao was born in Long Khánh, Vietnam. She is the author, most recently, story collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture, which won FC2's Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize in 2016, the novel Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016), and the poetry collection THE OLD PHILOSOPHER, which won the Nightboat Books Prize for Poetry in 2014. She holds an MFA in fiction from Brown University, where she received the John Hawkes and Feldman Prizes in fiction and the Kim Ann Arstark Memorial Award in poetry.Author City: IOWA CITY, IA USA