Ocean Vuong joins the NYU creative writing program faculty
The NYU Creative Writing Program is thrilled to announce that Ocean Vuong, whom our Director Deborah Landau identifies as "a major talent, an internationally celebrated writer, and an essential and singular literary voice," will join our faculty in fall 2022 as a Professor of Creative Writing. More details here.
Ocean Vuong is the author of two collections of poetry—most recently, Time Is a Mother (Penguin Press, 2022)—as well as a New York Times bestselling novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous (Penguin Press 2019), which has been translated into 36 languages. A previous collection of his verses, Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), was the winner of the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, the Thom Gunn Award, and the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Named by BuzzFeed Books as one of “32 Essential Asian American Writers,” Vuong was born in Saigon and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and an MFA in poetry from NYU. Vuong’s writings have also been featured in the Atlantic, Granta, Harpers, the Nation, the New Republic, the New Yorker, the New York Times, and the Paris Review, among other publications. A recipient of a 2019 MacArthur “Genius” Grant, Vuong is currently a Distinguished Writer in Residence at NYU and was previously an associate professor in the MFA Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His appointment as a tenured faculty member in NYU’s Creative Writing Program begins September 1, 2022.