Wednesday, March 21: Echoes of Vietnam, an inspiring evening of poetry and memoir

Title: Echoes of Vietnam, an inspiring evening of poetry and memoir
Location: Resource Center for Nonviolence, 612 Ocean St., Santa Cruz

The event will feature readings from the acclaimed poet Hoang Hung and Andrew Pham reading from his award-winning memoirs, and many others.

Tickets: Reading: $5-10 suggested donation (No one turned away.)  Reading and Reception: $20-40 suggested donation. For more information, email kimmahler@iplsf.com or call 408 480 1828. Advance tickets can be purchased at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/232242


Following a recent trip to Vietnam Santa Cruz poet Ellen Bass was introduced to Hoang Hung, whose work has been translated into English and published in many U.S literary magazines. Hung’s work has been repressed in Vietnam because he has written, in part, about his experiences imprisoned in re-education camps after the Vietnam-American war.

Following a writing residency in Chicago Hoang Hung will travel to Santa Cruz to read from his newer poetry that highlights his experience with Buddhist meditation. Bass says, ‘ ‘The community’s support is overwhelming. I am grateful that so many individuals and organizations have voiced their appreciation for the opportunity to hear this deeply moving and eloquent poet.

Along with Hoang Hung, will be award-winning poets Paul Hoover, Nguyen Do, and Ellen Bass who have translated some of Hoang Hung’s poems and will also read from their own work. Dick Guthrie will read from his memoir in progress and Mike Abkin will present drawings by Vietnamese children from Speak Peace.

Hosted by The International Poetry Library of SF and Innovent Transmedia, the event is co-sponsored by the Resource Center for Nonviolence, Poetry Santa Cruz, the National Peace Academy and the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network. Hoang Hung’s arrival will be an introduction to the Vietnamese International Poetry Festival in San Francisco in April.

Hoàng Hung became one of the most valued poets of the “anti-American-War” generation in 1960’s. He has been a symbol of the spirit of renewal in contemporary Vietnamese poetry. His work includes six volumes of poetry and translation, including his latest book, Hanh Trinh (My Journey), 2006, which won the prestigious Poetry Award of the Hanoi Writers’ Association. His poems have been published in translation in France, the US, and other countries.

Andrew X. Pham is a writer and journalist whose award winning books include, Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam (1999), The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars (2008), and Last Night I Dreamed of Peace (2008), a translation of Dr. Thuy Tram’s diary that was written during the Vietnam War. His current book, A Culinary Odyssey: My Cookbook Diary of Travels, Flavors, and Memories of Southeast Asia, will be published in March 2012.

Paul Hoover has published numerous volumes of poetry, the most recent being Desolation : Souvenir (2012). With Nguyen Do, he edited and translated the anthology, Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (2008) and Beyond the Court Gate: Poems of Nguyen Trai (1380-1442), published in 2010. He has won the Frederick Bock Award and the Jerome J. Shestack Award. Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, he edited Postmodern American Poetry (1994), a second edition of which will appear in 2013.

Nguyen Do’s poetry collections include The Fish Wharf and The Autumn Evening (1988,) The Empty Space (1991,) and New Darkness (2009.) With Paul Hoover, he edited and translated Black Dog, Black : Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (2008), Beyond the Court Gate (2010) 12 3 poetry of Thanh Thao (2008) and Returning to Con Son poetry of Nguyen Trai (2009.) With Hoang Hung he edited and translated Selected Poetry of Allen Ginsberg (forthcoming). The recipient of a grant from The Poetry Foundation “for his contribution to poetry of the world,” Nguyen Do now lives in San Francisco.

Ellen Bass\’s poetry books include The Human Line, named a Notable Book of 2007 by the San Francisco Chronicle and Mules of Love, which won the Lambda Literary Award. In 1973 she co-edited with Florence Howe the first major anthology of poetry by women, No More Masks! and she co-authored The Courage to Heal which has been translated into 12 languages. Among her awards for poetry are a Pushcart Prize, New Letters Prize, Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the Pablo Neruda Prize. She teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University.

Books and chapbooks will be available for sale.

Following a writing residency in Chicago Hoang Hung will travel to Santa Cruz to read from his newer poetry that highlights his experience with Buddhist meditation. Bass says, ‘ ‘The community’s support is overwhelming. I am grateful that so many individuals and organizations have voiced their appreciation for the opportunity to hear this deeply moving and eloquent poet.

Along with Hoang Hung, will be award-winning poets Paul Hoover, Nguyen Do, and Ellen Bass who have translated some of Hoang Hung’s poems and will also read from their own work. Dick Guthrie will read from his memoir in progress and Mike Abkin will present drawings by Vietnamese children from Speak Peace.

Hosted by The International Poetry Library of SF and Innovent Transmedia, the event is co-sponsored by the Resource Center for Nonviolence, Poetry Santa Cruz, the National Peace Academy and the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network. Hoang Hung’s arrival will be an introduction to the Vietnamese International Poetry Festival in San Francisco in April.

Hoàng Hung became one of the most valued poets of the “anti-American-War” generation in 1960’s. He has been a symbol of the spirit of renewal in contemporary Vietnamese poetry. His work includes six volumes of poetry and translation, including his latest book, Hanh Trinh (My Journey), 2006, which won the prestigious Poetry Award of the Hanoi Writers’ Association. His poems have been published in translation in France, the US, and other countries.

Andrew X. Pham is a writer and journalist whose award winning books include, Catfish and Mandala: A Two-Wheeled Voyage through the Landscape and Memory of Vietnam (1999), The Eaves of Heaven: A Life in Three Wars (2008), and Last Night I Dreamed of Peace (2008), a translation of Dr. Thuy Tram’s diary that was written during the Vietnam War. His current book, A Culinary Odyssey: My Cookbook Diary of Travels, Flavors, and Memories of Southeast Asia, will be published in March 2012.

Paul Hoover has published numerous volumes of poetry, the most recent being Desolation : Souvenir (2012). With Nguyen Do, he edited and translated the anthology, Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (2008) and Beyond the Court Gate: Poems of Nguyen Trai (1380-1442), published in 2010. He has won the Frederick Bock Award and the Jerome J. Shestack Award. Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, he edited Postmodern American Poetry (1994), a second edition of which will appear in 2013.

Nguyen Do’s poetry collections include The Fish Wharf and The Autumn Evening (1988,) The Empty Space (1991,) and New Darkness (2009.) With Paul Hoover, he edited and translated Black Dog, Black : Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (2008), Beyond the Court Gate (2010) 12 3 poetry of Thanh Thao (2008) and Returning to Con Son poetry of Nguyen Trai (2009.) With Hoang Hung he edited and translated Selected Poetry of Allen Ginsberg (forthcoming). The recipient of a grant from The Poetry Foundation “for his contribution to poetry of the world,” Nguyen Do now lives in San Francisco.

Ellen Bass\’s poetry books include The Human Line, named a Notable Book of 2007 by the San Francisco Chronicle and Mules of Love, which won the Lambda Literary Award. In 1973 she co-edited with Florence Howe the first major anthology of poetry by women, No More Masks! and she co-authored The Courage to Heal which has been translated into 12 languages. Among her awards for poetry are a Pushcart Prize, New Letters Prize, Larry Levis Prize from Missouri Review, and the Pablo Neruda Prize. She teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University.

Books and chapbooks will be available for sale.

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