Join us on Friday, November 19 at 7pm PT when Truong Tran celebrates his latest poetry collection, Book of the Other: Small in Comparison, with Anhvu Buchanan, Carolyn Ho, and Daniel Suarez at 9th Ave!
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About Book of the Other
Truong Tran’s provocative collection of poetry, prose and essays is a stunning rebuttal to the idea of anti-Asian racism as a victimless crime. Written with a compulsion for lucidity that transforms outrage into clarity, Book of the Other resists the luxury of metaphor to write about the experience of being shut out, shut down and othered as a queer, working-class teacher, immigrant and refugee.
What emerges from Tran’s sharp-eyed experiments in language and form is an achingly beautiful acknowledgment of the estrangement from self forced upon those seduced by the promise of color-blind acceptance and the rigorous, step by step act of recollection needed to find one's way home to oneself.
About Truong Tran
Truong Tran was born in Saigon, Vietnam, in 1969. He is the author of six previous collections of poetry, The Book of Perceptions, Placing the Accents, Dust and Conscience, Within the Margins, Four Letter Words and 100 words (coauthored with Damon Potter). He also authored the children’s book Going Home Coming Home, and an artist monograph, I Meant to Say Please Pass the Sugar. He is the recipient of the Poetry Center Prize, the Fund for Poetry Grant, the California Arts Council Grant and numerous San Francisco Arts Commission Grants. Tran lives in San Francisco where he teaches art and poetry.
About the Featured Poets
Anhvu Buchanan is the author of The Disordered (sunnyoutside press) and Backhanded Compliments & Other Ways to Say I Love You (Works on Paper Press ). He was the recipient of the James D. Phelan Award and also received an Individual Artists Grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission. He currently teaches in San Francisco and can be found online at www.anhvubuchanan.com.
Carolyn Ho is a Vietnamese American poet, artist, mother. She is a Kundiman fellow, William Dickey fellow, winner of the SF Foundation’s Phelan Award, the Anne Fields Poetry Award, and a San Francisco Arts Commission grant recipient, among other mentionables. Long ago, Carolyn was coined by SF Weekly as one of several “Best Writers Without a Book” which still saddens her to this day.
Daniel Suárez is a first-generation Cuban American born and raised in Chicago, IL. His poems can be found in the Columbia Poetry Review, RHINO, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Third Coast, [PANK] LATINX/Latinidad Folio, Sink Review, and other journals.