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Saturday, February 22, 2014



Wesley fought in Hue during the Tet Offensive. Spending 18 months in Vietnam altogether, he was even a tunnel rat for 3 months. Wes survived the war without any cut on his skin, just a bout of malaria. He overcame "the fear factor" by thinking of his father, "I always felt that he was with me, you know." Wesley's two brothers and sisters are all dead, thanks to decades of bad living that included drug and alcohol addictions, jail stints and, with the sister, even working as a street walker. Wesley, on the hand, has never been in trouble, and at age 66, is still working remodeling homes.


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About Me

Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.