Hoa Nguyen, Saturday, February 23, 2013

On Saturday, February 23 at 7:30 PM Hoa Nguyen read from her work, including As Long As Trees Last (Wave Books, 2012).

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.

Born in the Mekong Delta and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, Hoa Nguyen studied Poetics at New College of California in San Francisco. With the poet Dale Smith, Nguyen founded Skanky Possum, a poetry journal and book imprint in Austin, TX where they lived for 14 years. The author of eight books and chapbooks, she currently lives in Toronto Ontario where she teaches poetics in a private workshop and at Ryerson University. Wave Books published her third full-length collection of poems, As Long As Trees Last, in September 2012.