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Truong Tran

Truong Tran was born in Saigon, Vietnam. He is the author of six previous collections of poetry, The Book of Perceptions, Placing the Accents, Dust and Conscience, Within The Margins, Four Letter Words and 100 words ( co-authored with Damon Potter.) He also authored the children’s book, Going Home Coming Home, an artist monograph, I Meant To Say Please Past the Sugar. His poems and books have been translated into Spanish, French and Dutch. He is the recipient of The Poetry Center Prize, The Fund For Poetry  Grant, The California Arts Council Grant and numerous San Francisco Arts Commission Grants. Truong is also a visual artist who believes that art, be it poetry, cooking, sculpting and even gardening, are his ways of thinking through the conscious of the times we live in.  Of the endeavor that is book of the other, Truong says” This is the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I set out to write a book with the premise and constraint of honesty. It took a decade of struggle to write, to circle back, to say the thing that needed to be said and perhaps another lifetime to hold. This book is not the performance of anger. It is angry. This book is not performing otherness. I am the other or so I am told again and again.” Truong lives in San Francisco and currently teaches at Mills College, Oakland.


book of the other

Kaya Press Forthcoming October 2021

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A piercing, furious examination of the devastation wrought on a life by institutional platitudes put in the service of unexamined privilege, Truong Tran’s provocative collection of poetry, prose, and essays, book of the other, is a stunning rebuttal to the idea of anti-Asian racism as a victimless crime. Written with a compulsion for lucidity that transforms outrage into clarity, book of the other resists the luxury of metaphor to write about the experience of being shut out, shut down, and othered as an immigrant, refugee, and queer man. What emerges from Tran’s sharp-eyed experiments in language and form is an achingly beautiful acknowledgement of the rationalizations, disavowals, and estrangement from self forced upon those seduced by the promise of color-blind acceptance and the rigorous, step-by-step recollection of the love and work needed to find one’s way home to oneself.


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