Ocean Vuong
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Ocean Vuong

Ocean Vuong is the author of the debut novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, out from Penguin Press (2019) and forthcoming in 12 other languages worldwide. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. A Ruth Lilly fellow from the Poetry Foundation, his honors include fellowships from the Lannan Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, The Elizabeth George Foundation, The Academy of American Poets, and the Pushcart Prize.

Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic, Harpers, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Village Voice, and American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. Selected by Foreign Policy magazine as a 2016 100 Leading Global Thinker, alongside Hillary Clinton, Ban Ki-Moon and Justin Trudeau, Ocean was also named by BuzzFeed Books as one of "32 Essential Asian American Writers" and has been profiled on NPR's "All Things Considered," PBS NewsHour, Teen Vogue, VICE, The Fantastic Man, and The New Yorker.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at Umass-Amherst.

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Interview: Award-winning poet Ocean Vuong expounds on the complex themes of his deeply moving novel, ‘On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous’, touching on masculine identity, concepts of family, drug use, and more.

The ear is such a good editor when it comes to rhythm, pressure, momentum.

  • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous
  • The ear is such a good editor when it comes to rhythm, pressure, momentum.

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    • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

    • A Novel
    • By: Ocean Vuong
    • Narrated by: Ocean Vuong
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Poet Ocean Vuong’s debut novel is a shattering portrait of a family, a first love, and the redemptive power of storytelling....

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    • By David on 06-13-19

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    • On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

    • By: Ocean Vuong
    • Narrated by: Ocean Vuong
    • Length: 7 hrs and 19 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 1
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    On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is a letter from a son to a mother who cannot read. Written when the speaker, Little Dog, is in his late 20s, the letter unearths a family's history that began before he was born.... 

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