Ocean Vuong: A Celebrated Literary and Poetry Voice

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Celebrating Ocean Vuong

In honor of AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) month, we turn our attention to the remarkable talent with in that community. One of those is Ocean Vuong celebrated literary and poetry voice.

Ocean Vuong celebrated literary and poetryAs an acclaimed poet and writer, Vuong has garnered numerous awards and accolades for his thought-provoking and poignant work. Let’s look into Vuong’s life, his notable achievements and explore some of his most compelling poetry and books. Join us in celebrating this exceptional voice in contemporary literature!

During AAPI month, we recognize and celebrate the rich cultural heritage and contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islander individuals. Ocean Vuong’s literary accomplishments and his perspective as a queer Vietnamese American have been instrumental in promoting diversity and representation in literature. View more inspiring AAPI poets we are celebrating at little infinite!

About Vuong Impact

Ocean Vuong celebrated literary and poetryOcean Vuong was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and later immigrated to the United States. His experiences as a refugee, growing up in America, and grappling with his identity have heavily influenced his writing. Vuong’s personal journey of resilience and self-discovery resonates with readers worldwide.

Vuong’s exceptional talent has garnered him prestigious awards, including the T.S. Eliot Prize, the Whiting Award, and a MacArthur Fellowship. These accolades highlight his mastery of words and the profound impact of his poetry on readers and the literary community.

Vuong’s poetry is known for its raw honesty, lyrical beauty, and emotional depth. His works touch upon themes of love, trauma, family, and cultural heritage.

Poems such as “Someday I’ll Love Ocean Vuong” and “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous” showcase his ability to evoke powerful emotions and invite introspection.

Poetry Collections

Night Sky with Exit Wounds, his debut poetry collection, garnered widespread praise for its evocative imagery and exploration of personal and collective histories.

It earned The New Yorker, The Best Books of Poetry of 2016 New York Times, Critics Pick Boston Globe, Best Books listing NPR, Best Books listing
Miami Herald, Best LGBTQ Books San Francisco Chronicle, Top 100 Books of the Year
Library Journal, AND Best Books of 2016!


Time Is a Mother and Burnings further solidify his reputation as a poetic force to be reckoned with. They show his perception of an Asian American, member of LGBTQ+, and speaks about refugee. Torso of Air is one of the poems in that collection. It is a poignant and evocative poem that explores new unreached themes. Themes such as desire, loss, and vulnerability. Inviting readers into the depths of human emotions with its lyrical and visceral imagery.




More Ocean Vuong

On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous is Ocean Vuong’s novel. It’s the Winner of the 2019 New England Book Award for Fiction! It is a New York Times Bestseller!

Longlisted for the 2019 National Book Award for Fiction. The Carnegie Medal in Fiction. The 2019 Aspen Words Literacy Prize. The PEN/Hemingway Debut Novel Award

Shortlisted for the 2019 Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Also, named one of the most anticipated books of 2019 by Vulture, Entertainment Weekly, Buzzfeed, Los Angeles Times, Boston Globe, Oprah.com, Huffington Post, The A.V. Club, Nylon, The Week, The Rumpus, The Millions, The Guardian, Publishers Weekly, and more.

He uses his talents to showcase his love, family, and stories through his perception on the world. If you wish to step away from poetry and read something not far from it, but written through the lens of a poet, this is the novel for you!

Thank You For Your Contribution, Ocean!

Ocean Vuong’s celebrated literary and poetry contributions to literature serve as a testament to the power of diverse voices and narratives. Through his introspective poetry and compelling storytelling, he captures the complexities of the human experience. And he invites readers to reflect on their own lives. As we delve into his remarkable body of work, we acknowledge and appreciate Vuong. He has shown immense talent, impact, and invaluable contributions to the literary landscape!