Asian American Writers' Workshop
112 W. 27th St, STE 600
New York, New York 10001
About the Event: Hai-Dang Phan will be reading his work in “Memory Vessels,” an event put on by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop to hear authors read their work that calls to mind memory itself from objects alone. Free and open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation. Seats can be reserved at the AAWP website.
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. Reenactments is his first book.
PRAISE FOR REENACTMENTS
"In Phan’s strong, enlightening debut collection, without flinching from pain or turning away from history's critical gaze, he binds his birth country, Vietnam, to his adopted one, the United States. . . . Phan is a poet who should be read widely."
"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."
“'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 mixture of original and translated work creates a unique debut that is both singular and anthological."
—Nick Ripatrazone, The Millions