Saturday, April 6, 2019

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  2:30 p.m.
  Prairie Lights Bookstore
Hai-Dang Phan


Debut Showcase Reading with Mesha Maren

  • Venue: Prairie Lights Bookstore
  • Dates: Saturday, April 6
  • Doors: 2:30 p.m.
  • Tickets: FREE and open to the public

Hai-Dang Phan was born in Vietnam in 1980 and grew up in Wisconsin. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Poetry 2016, and the chapbook, Small Wars. He is the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry, and the New England Review Award for Emerging Writers. He currently teaches at Grinnell College and lives in Iowa City, Iowa. Reenactments is his first book.


“Phan’s mixture of original and translated work creates a unique debut that is both singular and anthological.”—Nick Ripatrazone, The Millions

In Reenactments, Hai-Dang Phan grapples with the history, memory, and legacy of the Vietnam War from his vantage point as the son of Vietnamese refugees. Through a kaleidoscope of poetic forms, the past and present, the remembered and imagined, all intersect at shifting angles providing urgent perspectives on conflicts both private and public. Phan weaves throughout the collection stories of his family’s exodus from Vietnam, thoughtfully reenacting an American experience of immigration, dislocation, inheritance, and hope. And, in a fresh move, Phan widens the lens, incorporating translations of several Vietnamese poets. This moving debut marks a vital addition to the literature of immigration and a distinctive contribution to contemporary poetry.