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The Wisconsin Union Theater and the Madison Public Library’s Wisconsin Book Festival are proud to present a memorable night with award-winning author Ocean Vuong. Vuong will read from his powerful 2019 novel "On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous" and then participate in a Q&A. Daniel Sanji, the cultural programming intern at the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Student Center and APIDA Heritage Month chair, will serve as the Q&A moderator. Event organizers are honored to have this event included in APIDA Heritage Month 2021, a month-long exploration of the many ways that APIDA identity is shaped both within and outside the community.
“On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” examines the intersection of complex themes, such as race, class, masculinity, and family, and considers how people’s connections with others help construct their own narratives.
Ocean Vuong is the recipient of a 2019 MacArthur "Genius" Grant and is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, “Night Sky with Exit Wounds.” This poetry collection was named a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016 as well as won 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.
Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in Northampton, Mass., where he serves as an assistant professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at UMass-Amherst.
This event is at 7 pm U.S. Central Daylight Time (Chicago) or GMT -5.