Please join the CCSU Creative Writing Department as they host
Acclaimed Vietnamese American Poet and Professional Tango Dancer Mộng-Lan
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
Marcus White Living Room
Free and open to the public.
Mong-Lan, multi-disciplinary American poet, writer, painter, photographer, dancer (of Argentine tango), singer (bel canto, tangos), and educator, left her native Vietnam on the last day of the evacuation of Saigon. Mong-Lan's first book of poems, Song of the Cicadas, won the 2000 Juniper Prize, the 2002 Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Awards for Poetry and was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. Her other books of poetry include Why is the Edge Always Windy?;Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art the bilingual Spanish / English edition, Tango, Tangueando: Poemas & Dibujos ; Love Poem to Tofu and Other Poems(chapbook), and Love Poem to Ginger & Other Poems: poetry & paintings (chapbook).
A Wallace E. Stegner Fellow in poetry for two years at Stanford University and a Fulbright Fellow in Vietnam, Mong-Lan received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. Her poetry has been frequently anthologized to include in Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Book of Poetry: Best Poems from 30 Years of the Pushcart Prize; Asian American Poetry —The Next Generation; Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (Norton); Force Majeure (Indonesia); Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry; Jungle Crows: a Tokyo Expatriate anthology and has appeared in leading American literary journals. She has read her poetry, lectured and/or given academic presentations in Argentina, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Switzerland, United States, Thailand and Vietnam.
Her paintings and photographs have been exhibited for one year at the Capitol House in Washington D.C., for six months at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, in galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area, in public exhibitions in Tokyo, Bali, Bangkok, Buenos Aires and Seoul.
She has taught at the University of Maryland in Tokyo, Stanford University and the University of Arizona.
She is currently working on a novel, books of poetry, books which contain her artwork, etc. Her book Force of the Heart: Tango, Art, which includes drawings, paintings, and a poem, was inspired by the tango.
Mong-Lan lived in Tokyo for six years, teaching with the University of Maryland. Now, Mong-Lan travels frequently between the U.S. and Buenos Aires.