Award-winning poet to hold reading, signing at Wittliff Collections

Ocean Vuong (Photo by Peter Bienkowski)
Ocean Vuong (Photo by Peter Bienkowski)

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
Office of Media Relations
August 16, 2017

Award-winning poet and essayist Ocean Vuong will hold readings and book signings at Texas State University’s Wittliff Collections on Thursday, September 7, and the Katherine Ann Porter Literary Center on Friday, September 8.

The Wittliff signing will be at 3:30 p.m. on the seventh floor of the Alkek Library. The KAP Literary Center reading will be at 7:30 p.m. in Kyle.

Vuong is the author of the best-selling Night Sky With Exit Wounds and winner of the Whiting Award and Thom Gunn Award. He was also a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award, the Lamda Literary Prize and had his work named a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016. Vuong's writings have been featured in The Atlantic, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times and American Poetry Review.

Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he immigrated to the U.S. at the age of 2 as a refugee. He lives in New York City and is currently at work on his first novel.

The event is sponsored by the Burdine Johnson Foundation, the Wittliff Collections, the Lindsey Reading Series and the Department of English at Texas State.

For more information, contact Jeremy Garrett at

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