Mong Lan

Poet

N/A
Houston, TX

Author's Bio

Poet, novelist, essayist, painter, photographer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, singer, dancer, and educator, Mộng-Lan left her native Vietnam on the last day of the evacuation of Saigon. Former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University,  Fulbright Fellow, she received her Master of Fine Arts from the Univ of Arizona. Winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Juniper Prize, the Great Lakes Colleges Association’s New Writers Awards for Poetry, she is the author of seven books and three chapbooks. Her most recent full-length collection is Dusk Aflame: poems & art, 2018, and Tone of Water in a Half-Filled Glass, chapbook. Other books include Song of the Cicadas; Why is the Edge Always Windy?, Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art; Tango, Tangueando: Poemas & Dibujos (the bilingual Spanish-English edition); Love Poem to Tofu & Other Poems (poetry & calligraphic art, chapbook); Love Poem to Ginger & Other Poems: poetry & paintings (chapbook); Force of the Heart: Tango, Art; and One Thousand Minds Brimming: poems & art. Mong-Lan’s poetry has been nationally and internationally anthologized to include being in Best American Poetry; The Pushcart Book of Poetry: Best Poems from 30 Years of the Pushcart Prize; and has appeared in such journals as North American Review, Kenyon Review and The Iowa Review. Mong-Lan plays the piano and guitar, sings in six languages, and also writes songs. Her ten albums of jazz piano and tangos also showcase her poetry. As a visual artist, Mong-Lan has had her paintings and photographs exhibited in museums such as the Dallas Museum of Art and galleries in the U.S., and in public exhibitions in Tokyo, Seoul, Bangkok, Bali and Buenos Aires. Mong-Lan as a dancer has studied ballet, jazz and flamenco, and has specialized as an Argentine tango dancer, performer, and teacher, having over twenty years of tango dance experience, in Buenos Aires, San Francisco, New York City, Tokyo, Bangkok, Hanoi, and elsewhere. Visit: https://www.monglan.com

Publications & Prizes

Anthologies:
Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond (Norton, 2008)
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Contemporary Voices from the Eastern World: an Anthology of Poems (W. W. Norton & Company, 2007)
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Hanoi Misses You: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (Milkweed Editions, 2007)
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The Pushcart Book of Poetry: Best Poems from 30 Years of the Pushcart Prize (Pushcart Press, 2007)
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Asian American Anthology: The Next Generation (University of Illinois Press, 2004)
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Best American Poetry of 2002 (Scribner, 2002)
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Pushcart Prize Anthology XXIV (Pushcart Press, 2000)
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Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry and Prose (Asian American Writers' Workshop, 1998)
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Making More Waves: New Writing by Asian American Women (Beacon Press, 1995)
Books:
Dusk Aflame: poems & art (Valiant Press, 2018)
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One Thousand Minds Brimming (Valiant Press, 2014)
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Tango, Tangueando: Poemas & Dibujos (Valiant Press, 2009)
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Tango, Tangoing: Poetry & Art (Valiant Press, 2008)
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Why is the Edge Always Windy? (Tupelo Press, 2005)
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Song of the Cicadas (University of Massachusetts Press, 2001)
Chapbooks:
Tone of Water in a Half-Filled Glass (Foothills Publishing, 2018)
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Love Poem to Ginger & Other Poems (Valiant Press, 2012)
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Love Poem to Tofu & Other Poems (Valiant Press, 2007)
Journals:
Amerasia Journal
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Cerise Press
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Constellation Magazine
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Drunken Boat
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Fence
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Five Fingers Review
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ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment
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Kenyon Review
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Luna
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New American Writing
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Poetry Daily
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Seattle Review
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Verse
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Volt
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Prizes won: 

Pushcart Prize; Juniper Prize; Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University; Fulbright Fellowship in Vietnam; the Great Lakes Colleges Association New Writers Award; Grand Poetry Slam First Place Winner at the Ubud Writers and Readers Festival, Bali, Indonesia; Billy Waller Prize in Poetry; Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award, Finalist; University of Arizona Poetry Center's Annual Poetry Contest Prize. University of Arizona Graduate College Fellowship; the Dean's Master of Fine Arts Fellowship at the Univ of Arizona. Her books have been Finalists for the National Poetry Series, the Tupelo Press Dorset Prize, the Paris Review Prize in Poetry, the Sawtooth Poetry Prize, the Open Book Award, among others. 

More Information

Gives readings: 
Yes
Travels for readings: 
Yes
Prefers to work with: 
Adults, Any, Children, Teachers, Teenagers
Fluent in: 
English, French, Italian, Spanish, Vietnamese
Born in: 
Saigon, Vietnam
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Last update: Nov 06, 2020