Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong, winner of the 2015 Narrative Prize, is the author of the poetry collections Time Is a Mother (Penguin, 2022) and Night Sky with Exit Wounds, winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize and the Whiting Award. He is also the author of the New York Times bestselling novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, which has been translated into thirty-four languages. Born in 1988 in Saigon, Vuong came to the United States as a refugee, settling in Hartford, Connecticut. He now lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, and serves as an associate professor in the MFA program for poets and writers at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst.

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