Artist-in-Residence Welcome Event: Ocean Vuong

“What is a country but a borderless sentence, a life?…What is a country but a life sentence?” asks Little Dog, the narrator of Ocean Vuong’s highly anticipated, critically acclaimed debut novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press, 2019). On Wednesday, October 2, the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU was honored to welcome award-winning writer and poet Vuong as its 2019-20 Artist-in-Residence.

Vuong read from his breathtaking novel⁠—a letter from a son to his mother that reveals the intergenerational impact and ongoing haunting of war, violence, and forced displacement. He was joined in conversation by friends and special guests Mahogany L. Browne (Black Girl Magic), Alexander Chee (How to Write an Autobiographical Novel), Monica Sok (A Nail the Evening Hangs On), and NYU Gallatin professor Sinan Antoon (The Book of Collateral Damage).

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