The Artists Series at UW-Eau Claire is pleased to announce an additional performance in the series. Paul Tran, the 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis and the 2018 Boston Review Poetry Prize winner will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. May 2 in Riverside Theatre of the Haas Fine Arts Center.
Tran, a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow in writing at Washington University in St. Louis, is one of five young poets awarded a $25,800 prize from the Poetry Foundation and Poetry magazine.
Announced in August 2018, the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowships are among the largest awards offered to young poets in the U.S. The awards are intended to encourage the further study and writing of poetry and are open to all U.S. poets between 21 and 31 years of age.
Tran serves as poetry editor for The Offing, and has published work in Poetry, The New Yorker, Boston Review and the Norton anthology “Inheriting the War” (2017), among many others.
“I write to investigate what goodness looks like in the face of such evil,” Tran told the Poetry Foundation. “To determine, announce and celebrate the sophistication, tenacity, audacity and ferocity of goodness and altruism and love in our world.”
Tran earned a bachelor’s degree in 20th-century U.S. civil rights from Brown University in 2014.
Currently working on their first poetry collection, Tran examines intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, and the U.S. roles and policy in east Asia after the fall of Saigon in 1975.
In 2017, Tran became the first Asian American to win the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam in more than two decades. Other honors include a 2018 Boston Review Poetry Prize, top-10 showings at three consecutive National Poetry Slams, and placing at the Individual World Poetry Slam.
Photo caption: Paul Tran, the 2018 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis and the 2018 Boston Review Poetry Prize winner will read from their work at 7:30 p.m. May 2 in Riverside Theatre of the Haas Fine Arts Center to conclude this year's Artists Series at UW-Eau Claire.