Public Events

Through events we disseminate stories, promote writers and literature, foster dialogues, and nurture connection within our diasporic communities. Most of our events to date have taken place in California. Starting in 2017 we began to organize public events in other U.S. states and different countries working in partnership with reputed arts organizations and local communities.

A Night with MacArthur Fellows Viet Thanh Nguyen and An-My Le event, Feb., 2019 at San Francisco State University
A Night with MacArthur Fellows Viet Thanh Nguyen and An-My Le event, Feb., 2019 at San Francisco State University

Our public events include:

  • readings, panel discussions, and festivals
  • established and emerging writers

Through public events we:

  • bring visibility to writers
  • provide opportunities for writers to exchange ideas and collaborate
  • educate society at large
  • increase readership
  • build community

We are attentive to audience satisfaction and needs. Those with an impairment or disability can alert us (at least 3 days prior to an event) by contacting us.

ÁCCENTED: Dialogues in the Diaspora / Author Talk Series

ÂCCENTED: Dialogues in the Diaspora / Author Talk Series logo

In response to the cancellation of public events and group residencies due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020 DVAN developed and launched a virtual program platform titled ÁCCENTED: Dialogues in the Diaspora. Once a month DVAN presents virtual events accessible to a global audience, showcasing writers, poets, visual artists, actors, filmmakers, and other cultural producers from the Vietnamese and Southeast Asian diaspora, to present their work and discuss topics important to them, often followed by live Q&A sessions. The series is hosted by Viet Thanh Nguyen, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer, with quarterly co-host appearances by members of the She Who Has No Master(s) collective. The ÁCCENTED series is partnering with Eastwind Books of Berkeley to sell books by our presenting authors.