Vietnamese American writer Ocean Vuong’s debut poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, won multiple awards, and his debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, hit The New York Times bestseller list. His work is semi-autobiographical, exploring and illuminating a lesser-known America through a queer, immigrant perspective. In 2019, he was awarded a “genius” grant of $625, 000 by the MacArthur Foundation. He says that means lots of things, including more pizza for his MFA students at the University of This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-six Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 30 Eileen Myles Meet Eileen Myles, the poet who once ran for president. Arts & Culture Issue 29 Day in the Life: Shirin Neshat Charles Shafaieh pays a visit to the home of one of New York’s most widely recognized artists. Arts & Culture Issue 26 Siri Hustvedt The novelist discusses memory, our need for community and why art matters. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Anna Wiener Anna Wiener was on the path to Silicon Valley success. Then she pivoted. Allyssia Alleyne charts the making of a tech-skeptic. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Influencers Anonymous Instagram content creators answer a short survey about the influencer industry. Arts & Culture Issue 42 Crazy Busy There’s no rest for the aspirational.