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Nguyen Phan Que Mai with Bruce Weigl, 1 March 2015 – Video

Recorded at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 1, 2015, as part of Lannan’s Poetry Sundays.

Poet Nguyen Phan Que Mai read from her work along with translator and poet Bruce Weigl, and then took questions from the audience.

Born in a small North Vietnamese village, Nguyen Phan Que Mai has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University (UK) and is the author of four books of poems. She has been translated and published in English, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese, Uzbek, and Bengali. Que Mai won some of the top literary awards of Vietnam including the Poetry of the Year 2010 Award from the Hanoi Writers Association as well as the Capital’s Literature & Arts Award. Her latest poetry collection The Secret of Hoa Sen, translated by Bruce Weigl and published by BOA Editions, is said to build new bridges between Vietnam and America – two cultures bound together by war and destruction.

You may listen to the audio of this reading on the Lannan Podcast site or get further information on the Lannan Foundation site.

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Nguyen Phan Que Mai with Bruce Weigl, 1 March 2015 – Audio

Recorded at the Lannan Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 1, 2015, as part of Lannan’s Poetry Sundays.

Nguyen Phan Que Mai

Poet Nguyen Phan Que Mai read from her work along with translator and poet Bruce Weigl, and then took questions from the audience.

Born in a small North Vietnamese village, Nguyen Phan Que Mai has an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University (UK) and is the author of four books of poems. She has been translated and published in English, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese, Uzbek, and Bengali. Que Mai won some of the top literary awards of Vietnam including the Poetry of the Year 2010 Award from the Hanoi Writers Association as well as the Capital’s Literature & Arts Award. Her latest poetry collection The Secret of Hoa Sen, translated by Bruce Weigl and published by BOA Editions, is said to build new bridges between Vietnam and America – two cultures bound together by war and destruction.

You may watch the video of this reading on the Lannan Podcast site or get further information on the Lannan Foundation site.

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Brian Turner and Bruce Weigl, 5 March 2008 – Audio

Recorded at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico on March 5, 2008.

Brian Turner (right) and Bruce Weigl at the Lensic Theater in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Wednesday, March 5, 2008. Photo: Don Usner
Brian Turner is a soldier-poet whose debut book of poems, Here, Bullet, won the New York Times “Editor’s Choice” selection. His poetry has been published in Poetry Daily, The Georgia Review and other journals, and in the Voices in Wartime Anthology. Here, Bullet is a harrowing, beautiful first-person account of the Iraq war featuring poems that reflect Turner’s experiences as a soldier. The poems speak with compassion, sympathy, and horror of the first-hand experience of war and with immediacy of loss, beauty, comradeship, and longing for home and the familiar; he deplores the violence and acknowledges the grief and terror of war.

Bruce Weigl is the author of 12 collections of poetry, most recently Declension in the Village of Chung Luong which created “an eloquent spokesman for an entire generation of Americans whose lives were broken by the war and a country whose moral confusion desperately needed addressing.” His memoir, The Circle of Hahn, tells of his childhood in Ohio; his induction into the U.S. Army in 1967, and year in Vietnam that led to his passion for that country’s poetry and culture; and of a redemptive meeting in 1996 with his daughter-to-be at an orphanage outside Hanoi. He also has three collections of essays as well as translating and publishing books of Vietnamese poetry. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, Harpers, and many other publications. In 2006 he was awarded a Lannan Literary Award for Poetry.

You may learn more about this event on the Lannan website.

Additional photos from this event are available on Flickr.

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