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Hai-Dang Phan reads at The University of Tulsa

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Tyrrell Hall

University of Tulsa

2930 East 6th Street

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104

About the Event: Join Magic City Books, Tulsa Artist Fellowship and the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities as we welcome Hai-Dang Phan on his visit to Tulsa to celebrate his new collection of poetry, Reenactments. Writer and Tulsa Artist Fellow Mark de Silva will host this evening of discussion and poetry with Mr. Phan.

The event will take place in Tyrrell Hall on the campus of The University of Tulsa. It is free and open to the public. Reenactments will be available at Magic City Books starting February 19 and will be available for sale at the event.

About the Author: Hai-Dang Phan was born in Vietnam in 1980 and grew up in Wisconsin. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Poetry 2016, and the chapbook, Small Wars. He is the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry, and the New England Review Award for Emerging Writers. He currently teaches at Grinnell College and lives in Iowa City, Iowa. Reeanactments is his first book.

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PRAISE FOR REENACTMENTS:

“'To make things worse, they are extremely supportive of my choices' is such a strange and quintessentially immigrant utterance. . . .What to do with the guilt we feel that our lives are often so much easier than the lives of our parents? How can any of our fears, anxieties, lonelinesses be worth mentioning when theirs have been so great? For you (and often, for myself), I prescribe Hai-Dang Phan’s “My Father’s ‘Norton Introduction to Literature,’ Third Edition (1981).”

—Kaveh Akbar, The Paris Review

"Phan's debut unflinchingly presents the trauma inherited through cultural memory as a kind of endless war reenactment. In these poems, even the most mundane setting is haunted by living ghosts. . . . These poems are unadorned and ominous in their vision of memory, a clarion that never ceases to alarm or awe."

Publishers Weekly

"Phan’s mixture of original and translated work creates a unique debut that is both singular and anthological."

—Nick Ripatrazone, The Millions

“Hai-Dang Phan is a poet of fearless vision. With brutal and exquisite precision, he reveals that the effort to make art out of the real world—history, memory, and experience—often intensifies a feeling of irresolution. The brilliance of his first book Reenactments: Poems and Translations lies in a deft interrogation of mimesis and, in particular, how representing the history of war and migration for Vietnamese Americans can reify silences, erasures, and cultural dislocations. But Phan also builds a powerful stay against despair through translations that spotlight contemporary Vietnamese poetry while slyly suggesting that no language or history is isolate and every poem may very well be a translation. Such remarkable insights accumulate, and by book’s end I was struck by the immense beauty and feeling of Reenactments and had to read it again.”  

—Jennifer Chang