Vu Tran was born in Saigon in 1975, five months after the city fell to the North Vietnamese and five months after his father, a captain in the South Vietnamese Air Force, was forced to flee the country. Tran grew up in Oklahoma and eventually studied English at the University of Tulsa, where he also received his MA in English. He went on to get an MFA in fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and then a PhD in English and Creative Writing from the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he also taught literature and fiction writing. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts in English and Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.
Tran’s short stories have appeared in the O. Henry Prize Stories, A Best of Fence, The Southern Review, Harvard Review, and other publications. He has received honors from Glimmer Train Stories and the Michigan Quarterly Review, and is a recipient of a 2009 Whiting Writers’ Award and a 2011 Finalist Award for the Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise.
Salon Reading: Vu Tran is free and will be held TONIGHT, Friday, February 12 from 7:00 until 9:00 pm at City of Asylum, located at 330 Sampsonia Way. The reception begins at 7:00 pm. The reading, talk and Q&A starts at 7:30 pm, and will be followed by dessert and informal discussion at 8:30 pm. For more information, or to reserve your free seat, visit the Salon Reading: Vu Tran event page, email Hannah Waltz, or call 412-323-0278.