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Saturday, April 26, 2014




Born in Brooklyn Heights in 1941, Peggy moved to Washington Heighs as a child and has remained here ever since. The only other place she's been is Wildwood, New Jersey, where her family used to go during the Summer, for its beach. Peggy worked 40 years as a school crossing guard, and now comes to Reynold's every day at 8AM, as it opens, "I get up at 5:30 or 6, then I come here. I come here to watch television because I don't have one at home." She runs errands for the bar, does its laundry at a laundromat and they pay her with bottles of Coors Light. Nearly every day, Peggy orders a pastrami submarine from the same deli, and settles with them once a week, though she does tip the bicycle delivery man $2 each time. She entered Reynold's for the first time 44 years ago, 6 years after it opened. The bartender, Brian, joked, "They built this bar around Peggy." Peggy's husband died in 2003.


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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.