Ocean Vuong, a poet whose work explores the themes of transformation, desire and violent loss, will perform a reading from a selection of his works on Monday, Nov. 7, at 8 p.m., in the Fillius Events Barn Lobby. The event is free and open to the public.
Vuong was born in Ho Chi Minh City in 1988 and immigrated to the United States in 1990. He was raised in Hartford, Conn., and earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts at Brooklyn College, CUNY. Vuong’s essays and poetry have been published in various journals such as Poetry, The Nation, Boston Review, and Narrative Magazine. His first full-length collection, Night Sky With Exit Wounds, was released in 2016. Vuong has also authored two chapbooks: Burnings, which was published in 2011, and No, which was published in 2013.
Vuong was awarded a $25,800 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship in 2014, and was a recipient of a Whiting Award for poetry in 2016. He currently resides in the New York City borough of Queens, where he works as a managing editor for Thrush Press.