Susan Nguyen


Susan Nguyen's debut poetry collection, Dear Diaspora (University of Nebraska Press, 2021) won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize in Poetry. Her poetry is often interested in the body: how geography, history, and trauma leave markers, both visible and invisible. Her poems have been nominated for Best of the Net and a Pushcart Prize and have appeared or are forthcoming in The Rumpus, Tin House, Diagram, and elsewhere. She is an alum of Tin House Winter and Summer Workshops and the Idyllwild Writers Week. Her hobbies, beyond reading and writing, include photography, zinemaking, hiking, and otherwise being outdoors. Nguyen earned her BA in English from Virginia Tech and her MFA in Poetry from Arizona State University, where she was the poetry editor for Hayden's Ferry Review. She has taught creative writing at ASU and the National University of Singapore, and she received a fellowship from the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing to conduct an oral history project centered on the Vietnamese diaspora. She was named one of PBS NewsHour’s “three women poets to watch in 2018.” Source