ABOUT

Phuong Thao Vuong is a writer, artist, and educator. She is interested in speaking to and calling out the silences in the Vietnamese/ American and Asian/ American experience. She longs to celebrate and cultivate power as much as shed light on dark secrets. If tradition teaches us to never overturn graves, Phuong believes artists can dig into darkness and find much-needed truths. This includes but is not limited to writing about love, sex, war, trauma, race, and other topics her parents wish she would not speak about. As a 1.5 generation immigrant, she writes diaspora-- experiences in Asia as well as at home in Oakland, California and the U.S. By sharing truths and lies, she hopes to humanize her communities and interrogate oppressive systems. Phuong wants to move readers to self-reflection and to creating personal and social change. Being grounded, taking risks, and claiming space are practices she values in her art.

 

Phuong has been a finalist for the Joy Harjo Poetry Prize 2017 and finalist for the Gabriela Mistral Poetry Prize 2015 and has been awarded writing fellowships from Tin House Summer Workshop, VONA/Voices, and Kearny Street Workshop's Interdisciplinary Writers Lab. She is currently an MFA student at the University of Colorado Boulder, where she teaches undergraduate creative writing and contributes to TIMBER: A Journal of New Writing.

 

Writing Published:

The House I Inherit, via Finishing Line Press (forthcoming)

“Country of Origin,” Duende (forthcoming)

“Home-cooking,” Apogee (Perigee Journal), 2018

“Returning,” Cutthroat, a Journal of the Arts, vol. 23, 2018

"May in Fruitvale," “Helicopters,” “Growing Strength: A Prayer,” Tayo Literary Magazine, issue 6, 2017

“What my Father Gave Me,” Cobalt Review, issue 4, 2016

Interdisciplinary Writer's Lab Anthology Zine 2015

I Am a Warrior, Oakland Asian Cultural Center Zine, 2015

Moonroot Zine, issue 2, 2012

growing persimmons (self-published chapbook, hand-bound), 2012

Venues/Events Performed:

Arc Gallery: Manila: Beyond the Envelope art show opening and Kearny Street Workshop celebration

CIIS (California Institute of Integral Studies)

Viet Nam Victory Coalition: 40th Anniversary of the End of the U.S. War

APEX Express (on KFPA 94.1 FM)

UC Berkeley Multicultural Center

Eastside Arts Alliance: 3rd World Resistance Show

WordsFirst at CounterPulse

Art Featured:

A Place of Her Own exhibit 2015 @ SOMArts 

Belonging: Before and After the Immigration Act of 1965 @ Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

A Place of Her Own open house (project of Asian American Women Artists Association [AAWAA])