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Poetry Salon with Claire Keyes Featuring the Work of Paul Tran
January 15 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here.
Poetry packets are available near the library’s Main Desk or online here:
Paul Tran Poems.
On Saturday, January 15th, the Poetry Salon continues its exploration of Asian-American poets with the poems of Vietnamese-American Paul Tran, who identifies as part of the LGBTQIA+ community. Tran grew up in San Diego and attended high school at the Preuss School/UC San Diego before moving to Providence, Rhode Island to attend Brown University, where they graduated with a BA in History. They went on to earn an MFA in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis.
Tran is the first Asian American since 1993 to win the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam, placing Top 10 at the Individual World Poetry Slam and Top 5 at the National Poetry Slam. They write, “I grew up incredibly poor. I remember nights when my mother and I only had sesame crackers dipped in soy sauce. So my last meal will be at a buffet with my family, chosen and blood. There’s enough food for everyone. Nobody is hungry or wondering when the next check will come to feed them.”
Tran serves as a poetry editor for The Offing magazine. They won the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation in 2018, and the Kundiman Fellowship in 2017, among other awards. Their work has appeared in magazines such as Poetry, The New Yorker, and Boston Review. Currently, they are a Wallace Stegner Poetry Fellow at Stanford as well as visiting faculty in poetry at the University of the Pacific. Tran’s first book, All the Flowers Kneeling, will be published in February 2022.
To learn more about Paul Tran, please join Marblehead Poet Claire Keyes at the Abbot Public Library or via Zoom on January 15th from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm. To attend via Zoom, please register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Poetry packets will be available near the library’s Main Desk or online.
Tran writes, “There are some people that this country does not want to relate to. But those of us from the margins will learn how to write poems for them so their stories can be told, too.”