Ocean Vuong, Artist-in-Residence

Photograph of Ocean Vuong, who is pictured from the waist up, looking into the camera. He stands in front of a yellow wall that is decorated with plants and small objects.
Photo by Peter Bienkowski.

“My hope for my tenure as Artist-in-Residence is to, in collaboration with the Asian/Pacific/American Institute at NYU, further the Center for Refugee Poetics, a nomadic epicenter of discourse that takes seriously and centrally the work of artists who—due to war, violence, state persecution, and human rights violations—have been forcibly displaced. This work is particularly vital at this time in which a great wealth of writers and thinkers are creating works out of and through geopolitical displacement and state-sponsored aggression on civilians. In this climate of renewed attention on racial disparities, nuclear war, and xenophobic thinking, the Center for Refugee Poetics is focused on a poetics of engagement and communication, both in relation to this historic moment and with an eye toward moments to come. ”
—Ocean Vuong


We are thrilled to announce Ocean Vuong as the A/P/A Institute at NYU 2019-20 Artist-in-Residence. Director Crystal Parikh writes, “Focused not only on the conditions and histories of war that have shaped so much of the Asian/Pacific American experience, but on how that past reverberates across decades, Vuong thoughtfully addresses an array of the concerns that scholars, activists, and students have made central to Asian/Pacific/American Studies and politics. As a poet, essayist, and novelist, he writes with elegance, care, and precision about migrants and refugees, families, love, sexuality, violence, and resilience…. All of us at the A/P/A Institute at NYU are honored to have in residence this important voice in American literature and letters.”

Learn more about Vuong’s residency and join us on Wednesday, October 2 to welcome him to NYU.