A Reading by Vietnamese American poet Le Pham Le
"From Where the Wind Blows" is a collection of poems about the journey of a Vietnamese woman in her search for freedom. The poems reflect the special characters of the Vietnamese women who are capable of expressing their emotions as well as the willingness to fight for their beliefs. The presentation will introduce the author's collection of poems in Vietnamese and those which have been translated into English.
Born in Viet Nam, Le Pham Le attended the University of Pedagogy in Saigon, where she earned a BA in Vietnamese Language and Literature. After teaching in high schools for five years, Le fled her country with her family due to the fall of South Viet Nam. She has published her poems in Co Thom, Nimrod International Literary Journal, Rattle, In Other Words, Beacons, Current, etc. Her first book-length publication is a bilingual collection of Vietnamese poems entitled Gio Thoi Phuong Nao/From Where the Wind Blows (Vietnamese International Poetry Society, 2003).
The Translator: Nancy Arbuthnot teaches poetry and creative writing at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD. She has published original poems and translations in Shenandoah, Calyx, Willow Springs, The Maryland English Journal and other small magazines; Mexico Shining, a book of her "versions" of Aztec songs was published in 1996 by Three Continents Press; and Gio Thoi Phuong Nao/From Where the Wind Blows in 2003 by Vietnamese International Poetry Society.
Cost: Free and open to the public.
Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies