Arts Calling Podcast #29 Susan Nguyen | Dear Diaspora, zine-making, and identity through memories

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Hi there,

National Poetry Month Extravaganza is rolling along! Today I’m overjoyed to be arts calling Susan Nguyen!

About Susan:

Susan Nguyen’s debut poetry collection, Dear Diaspora, won the 2020 Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry and was published by the University of Nebraska Press in Sept 2021. She has been the Senior Editor at Hayden’s Ferry Review since the end of 2021. Nguyen’s poetry is often interested in the body: how geography, history, and trauma leave markers, both visible and invisible. Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize and have appeared or are forthcoming in The Rumpus, Tin House, Diagram, and elsewhere. She is an alum of Tin House Winter & Summer Workshops and Idyllwild Writers Week. Her hobbies, beyond reading and writing, include photography, zinemaking, hiking, and otherwise being outdoors. Nguyen received her BA in English from Virginia Tech and her MFA in poetry from Arizona State University where she was the poetry editor for Hayden’s Ferry Review. She has taught creative writing at ASU and the National University of Singapore. She is the recipient of multiple fellowships from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, including one that enabled her to conduct an oral history project centered on the Vietnamese diaspora. She was named one of “three women poets to watch in 2018” by PBS NewsHour.

Visit Susan’s website for more information:

Check out Susan’s amazing readings and recent publications here:

Purchase DEAR DIASPORA today! poetry books from University of Nebraska Press are 50% off until April 29th! Use this code for your discount: 6PM22

Thanks for coming on the show, Susan!

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Make art. Much love,


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