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Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong (born October 14, 1988) is an American poet and essayist. He is a recipient of the 2014 Ruth Lilly/Sargent Rosenberg fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a 2016 Whiting Award for his poetry.

Ocean Vuong
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Ocean Vuong in 2014
Born (1988-10-14) October 14, 1988 (age 28)
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Alma mater Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Genre poetry, essays
Notable awards Ruth Lilly/Sargent Rosenberg fellowship; The Pushcart Prize

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Personal lifeEdit

Vuong was born in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on a rice farm in 1988 and immigrated to Hartford, Connecticut, United States along with six relatives in 1990.[1][2][3] Vuong did not learn to read until the age of eleven.[3]

He currently lives in Astoria, Queens, in New York City.[4] Vuong is openly gay.[5]

CareerEdit

Vuong received his B.A. in Nineteenth Century English Literature at Brooklyn College, within the City University of New York system, where he studied under poet and novelist Ben Lerner.[6][7]

His poems and essays have been published in various journals, including Poetry,[8] The Nation,[9] Tri-Quarterly,[10] Guernica,[11] The Rumpus,[12] Boston Review,[13] and Narrative Magazine.

His first chapbook, Burnings (Sibling Rivalry Press), was a 2011 “Over The Rainbow” selection for notable LGBTQ books by the American Library Association.[14] His second chapbook, No (YesYes Books), was released in 2013.[15]

His debut full-length collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds,[16] was released by Copper Canyon Press in 2016; as of April that year, the publisher ran a second printing.[17]

Awards and fellowshipsEdit

BibliographyEdit

CollectionsEdit

  • Vuong, Ocean (2010). Burnings. Alexander, AR: Sibling Rivalry Press. 
  • — (2013). No. YesYes Books. 
  • — (2016). Night sky with exit wounds. Copper Canyon Press. 

List of poemsEdit

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
Someday I'll love Ocean Vuong 2015 Vuong, Ocean (May 4, 2015). "Someday I'll love Ocean Vuong". The New Yorker. 91 (11): 50–51. 
Scavengers 2016 Vuong, Ocean (November 7, 2016). "Scavengers". The New Yorker. 92 (36): 51. 
On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous 2014 Vuong, Ocean (December 2014). Poetry Magazine. Winter 2014-2015.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Ocean Vuong". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  2. ^ http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/how-a-poet-named-ocean-means-to-fix-the-english-language
  3. ^ a b "How a Poet Named Ocean Means to Fix the English Language". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2017-06-28. 
  4. ^ "Events In Queens For September 25-October 2". Queens Tribune. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  5. ^ [1] Accessed October 4, 2016.
  6. ^ "Brooklyn College | Ocean Sounds: A Brooklyn College Alumnus Reflects on His Life". Brooklyn.cuny.edu. 2012-06-05. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  7. ^ "Brooklyn College | Mentoring Demands Respect, Says Ben Lerner About His Work with Ocean Vuong". Brooklyn.cuny.edu. 2013-06-14. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  8. ^ "Ocean Vuong". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  9. ^ Vuong, Ocean (2014-01-28). "Eurydice". The Nation. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  10. ^ "|". Triquarterly.org. 2014-07-15. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  11. ^ "Ocean Vuong: I Remember Anyway - Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics". Guernicamag.com. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  12. ^ "Ocean Vuong". The Rumpus.net. 2014-08-28. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  13. ^ "Poet's Sampler: Ocean Vuong". Boston Review. 2014-09-08. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  14. ^ "2012 Over the Rainbow List–74 LGBT Books for Adult Readers! – Over the Rainbow Books". Glbtrt.ala.org. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  15. ^ "yesyesbooks". yesyesbooks. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  16. ^ "Night Sky With Exit Wounds, Poetry by Ocean Vuong". Copper Canyon Press. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  17. ^ "Copper Canyon Press - Timeline". Facebook. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  18. ^ "Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships". Poetry Foundation. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  19. ^ "Welcome to Pushcart Press: Publishers of The Pushcart Prize". Pushcartprize.com. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  20. ^ "The Elizabeth George Foundation". Elizabethgeorgeonline.com. Retrieved 2016-08-28. 
  21. ^ [2]