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Ocean Vuong
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Ocean Vuong is the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection Night Sky with Exit Wounds, winner of the Whiting Award and the T.S. Eliot Prize. His writings have also been featured in The Atlantic, Harper's, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. In 2019 he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts, where he serves as an Assistant Professor of English at UMass-Amherst. On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous is his first novel.

Books by Ocean Vuong

On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous

The New York Times bestselling debut novel from the prize-winning prodigy

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Night Sky with Exit Wounds

Winner of the 2017 T. S. Eliot PrizeWinner of the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First CollectionA Guardian / Daily Telegraph Book of the YearPBS Summer Recommendation‘Reading Vuong is like watching a fish move: he manages the varied currents of English with muscled intuition.’ New Yorker

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Ocean Vuong, Poet and Fiction Writer | 2019 MacArthur Fellow

Ocean Vuong is a poet and fiction writer. His is carrying folkloric traditions with linguistic experimentation in works that explore the effects of intergenerational trauma, the refugee experience, and the complexities of identity and desire with eloquence and clarity. The MacArthur Fellowship is a $625,000, no-strings-attached grant for individuals who have shown exceptional creativity in their work and the promise to do more. Explore their stories on social media with the hashtag #MacFellow, and check out all of the 2019 MacArthur Fellows, 26 creative people who inspire us all: www.macfound.org/macfellow.