Empowering Vietnamese American Literature and Culture

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN) believes that the stories and creativity of a thriving Vietnamese diaspora can connect our global community. Our mission is to celebrate and foster diasporic Vietnamese literary voices. DVAN promotes nonfiction, fiction, and poetry to empower Vietnamese artists in the diaspora and to inspire understanding and dialogue within our community, and with others. Our complex and diverse stories must be championed and passed on to current and future generations. We are refugees, immigrants, survivors, and descendants, and our stories must be heard.

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To Sculpt a Ghost

A voice-like cadence running through the family, whose members are children of many gods, telling them they are accustomed to certain kinds of death. Starvation. Salvation: too many burning desires, enough to bring down a house with it.

Fiery Souls: Poets Trần Dạ Từ and Nhã Ca in Exile

For Vietnamese people living through the wartime, or even younger generations growing up in peace, many of them have loved and learned by heart powerful poems by Trần Dạ Từ and Nhã Ca. They are literary luminaries of their generation whose poems have mesmerized, tormented, wounded, and inspired anyone reading them.

ÁCCENTED: “Writers in Diaspora”

Join us in conversation with Violet Kupersmith, Ly Ky Tran, and Pulitzer-prize winning author Viet Thanh Nguyen on the depths and processes of becoming a writer in diaspora.

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