Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong was born in 1988 in Saigon, Vietnam and raised by women (a single mother, aunts, and a grandmother) in housing projects throughout Hartford, Connecticut and received his B.A. in English Literature from Brooklyn College. His first chapbook, Burnings, was released by Sibling Rivalry Press (2010). A Kundiman fellow, other honors include a 2012 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize, an Academy of American Poets prize, the Asian American Literary Review’s Á Lettre Fellowship, the Connecticut Poetry Society’s Al Savard Award, as well as six Pushcart Prize nominations. Poems appear in American Poetry ReviewRHINOVerse DailySouthern Indiana ReviewPassages NorthGuernicaSouth Dakota Review, and Drunken Boat, amongst others. Work has also been translated into Hindi, Korean, Vietnamese, and Russian. A devout Buddhist, he is a regular supporter of the Tibetan Liberation movement as well as animal-rights awareness and veganism. He lives in Brooklyn, NY, where he is the associate editor of Thrush Press.