Denison University Beck Series Features Vietnamese-American Poet Mong-Lan
Posted: March 31, 2003
GRANVILLE -- The 2002/2003 season of Denison's Beck Lecture Series continues with a poetry reading by visual artist, poet and writer Mong-Lan at 8 p.m. on Tuesday (April 1) in the Barney-Davis Board Room. The reading is free and open to the public.
Lan's poems have appeared in The Kenyon Review, The North American Review and New American Writing and have been anthologized inThe Best American Poetry of 2002andMaking More Waves: New Writing by Asian American Women, among others. Her first collection of poems,Song of the Cicadas, won the Juniper Prize in 2000 as well as the 2002 Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers' Award for Poetry. The collection was also a finalist for the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. Her paintings and photographs have been exhibited in galleries in the San Francisco Bay Area, the Capitol House in Washington D.C. and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston.
Born in Saigon, Vietnam, Lan emigrated to America at the age of five with her family. While still in high school, she received scholarships to attend the Glassell School of Art in Houston. She earned her master of fine arts degree in poetry from the University of Arizona in Tucson, where she received the graduate school fellowship and the dean's master of fine arts fellowship.
Lan has taught English as a second language in San Francisco and Portland and spent the fall in Japan teaching with the University of Maryland. She also served as the Wallace E. Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University from 2000 until 2002. Recently she was awarded a Fulbright Grant for study in Vietnam.
In addition to her writing, painting and photography, Lan is an avid dancer who enjoys Argentine tango and salsa.
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