Discipline: Literature – poetry

Hoa Nguyen

Discipline: Literature – poetry
Region: Toronto, Canada
MacDowell fellowships: 2019

Hoa Nguyen is the author of five books of poetry including As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice: Poems 1998 - 2008, and Violet Energy Ingots, nominated for a 2017 Griffin Prize for poetry. While at MacDowell, Nguyen produced 21 poems, and rewrote, revised, and sequenced her manuscript in progress, A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure, a verse meditation on histories, hauntings, origin, and song. It has an expected publication date of Spring 2021. This poetic narrative investigates historical, personal, and cultural pressures pre- and post-“Fall-of-Saigon” and includes a verse biography on her mother, a celebrated stunt motorcycle rider in an all-woman Vietnamese circus troupe.



Hoa Nguyen worked in the Calderwood studio.

In the winter of 1998, motivated by his passion for reading, Stanford Calderwood donated funds for a new writers’ studio. Burr-McCallum Architects of Williamstown, MA, provided the award-winning design in 1999; and the construction of the handsome studio was completed in time for the first artist to arrive early in 2000. With a series of double-hung casement…

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