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  • Arts & Culture
  • Issue 36

Ocean Vuong

The poet and novelist avoiding definitive endings.
Words by Bella Gladman. Photograph by Annelise Phillips.

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

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