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Saturday, June 20, 2015

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A-Charles-Orloski-scrapbook--Taylor








One of Charles Orloski's scrapbooks. That's Joe, his younger son, in 2002. Roller skating, Joe broke his arm. After graduating from Riverside High in 2014, Joe worked in a supermarket and video rental store, then just seven weeks ago, landed a job at a Home Depot warehouse. Unloading boxes and making crates, Joe earns $12.50 an hour, an excellent wage in these parts. Though it's grueling work, Joe is handling it well and looks forward to buying his first car in a couple months. Joe's girlfriend's dad is a state trooper, and he's thinking of becoming one also.

On the day I left, I noticed Joe was sitting in the living room watching reruns of The Office, the famous sit-com located in Scranton.



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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.