2017 Authors and Artists (more coming soon!)
Viet Thanh Nguyen
Viet Thanh Nguyen is an associate professor of English and American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He is the author of Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (Oxford University Press, 2002) and the novel The Sympathizer, from Grove/Atlantic (2015). The Sympathizer won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, an Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, a California Book Award, and the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature in Fiction from the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association. It was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction and the PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction. The novel made it to over thirty book-of-the-year lists, including The Guardian, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Amazon.com, Slate.com, and The Washington Post.
His next book is Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, which is the critical bookend to a creative project whose fictional bookend is The Sympathizer. Nothing Ever Dies examines how the so-called Vietnam War has been remembered by many countries and people, from the US to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and South Korea. Harvard University Press is publishing it in March 2016. Kirkus Reviews calls the book “a powerful reflection on how we choose to remember and forget.”
His short fiction has been published in Manoa, Best New American Voices 2007, A Stranger Among Us: Stories of Cross-Cultural Collision and Connection, Narrative Magazine, TriQuarterly, the Chicago Tribune , and Gulf Coast, where his story won the 2007 Fiction Prize.
His writing has been translated into Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese, and Spanish, and he has given invited lectures in China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, and Germany. Download his full CV or visit his website http://vietnguyen.info/.
NoViolet Bulawayo won the 2014 PEN-Hemingway Award, the 2011 Caine Prize for African Writing, and the inaugural Etisalat Prize for Literature in 2014. We Need New Names was a finalist for numerous other awards, including the Man Booker Prize. NoViolet earned her MFA at Cornell University where she was a recipient of the Truman Capote Fellowship. She was a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, where she now teaches as a Jones Lecturer in Fiction. NoViolet grew up in Zimbabwe.
You can read more about NoViolet and her work at http://novioletbulawayo.com/.
Jeff Shotts is Executive Editor at Graywolf Press, a leading independent publisher of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. He acquires and edits Graywolf’s poetry list as well as works of nonfiction, essay, literary criticism, and translation. He has worked with writers such as Elizabeth Alexander, Mary Jo Bang, Eula Biss, Nick Flynn, Fanny Howe, Leslie Jamison, D. A. Powell, Claudia Rankine, Vijay Seshadri, Tracy K. Smith, Mary Szybist, Kevin Young, and many others. He lives in Minneapolis
You can read more about Graywolf Press at https://www.graywolfpress.org/.
Mai Der Vang
Mai Der Vang is the 2016 Walt Whitman Award winner of the Academy of American Poets. Her poetry has appeared in American Poets, The Cincinnati Review, Ninth Letter, The Journal, The Collagist, Radar, Fairy Tale Review, Asian American Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Her work has been anthologized in Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora. As an editorial member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle, she is co-editor of How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology.
Mai Der has received residencies from Hedgebrook and is a Kundiman fellow. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Poetry from Columbia University. Her forthcoming debut collection Afterland will be published by Graywolf Press in 2017. Mai Der lives in Fresno, California where she teaches at Clovis Community College and also works as a writing/creative consultant.
You can read more about Mai Der and her work at http://maidervang.com/.