Hoa Nguyen
Hoa Nguyen

Hoa Nguyen is the author of several books of poetry, including As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice, and Violet Energy Ingots, which received a 2017 Griffin Prize nomination.

As a public proponent and advocate of contemporary poetry, she has served as guest editor for The Best Canadian Poetry in English 2018 and she has performed and lectured at numerous institutions, including Princeton University, Bard College, Poet’s House, and the Banff Centre’s Writers Studio. Recipient of a 2019 Pushcart Prize and a 2020 Neustadt International Prize for Literature nomination, she has received grants and fellowships from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, the MacDowell Colony, and the Millay Colony for the Arts.Her writing has garnered attention from such outlets as The PBS News Hour, GrantaThe WalrusNew York Times, and Poetry, among others. Born in the Mekong Delta and raised and educated in the United States, Nguyen has lived in Canada since 2011.

An experienced and popular teacher of poetics in numerous settings, Nguyen guest teaches at Ryerson University, for Miami University’s low residency MFA program, and in the Milton Avery School for Fine Arts at Bard College. She is the founder and leader of a popular long-running, poetics workshop in cyberspace and Toronto.

Listen to Hoa pronounce her name here:
My Name is pronounced “Hwa Win”.

Hoa Nguyen’s full Curriculum Vitae provided by request.
Please inquire at hn2626@gmail.com.

Hoa Nguyen’s poetry has been collected in many anthologies including  Inheriting the War: Poetry & Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees (Norton, 2017), The Best of The Best Canadian Poetry in English: Tenth Anniversary Edition (Tightrope Books 2017), Poem-a-Day: 365 Poems for Every Occasion (Abram Books 2016), Best Canadian Poetry In English 2015 and 2016 (Tightrope Books),  The Volta Book of Poets (Sidebrow, 2015), Days I Moved Through Ordinary Sound: The Teachers of WritersCorps in Poetry and Prose (City Lights 2009), The Best of Fence (Fence Books 2009), For the Time Being: A Bootstrap Anthology (Bootstrap Books 2008), Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (Milkweed Editions 2008), and Not for Mothers Only (Fence Books 2007).

In 1997, Nguyen designed, implemented, and led an online youth poetry workshop for New York City based Teachers & Writers Collaborative; this seminal online workshop for students across the United States ages 14 – 18 years old lasted a decade. The workshop introduced participants to new writing strategies, encouraged them to develop critical skills and the creation of poetry with focused writing exercises. Discussion and feedback took place in an open online forum; the poetry exercises were indexed on the front page of the Virtual Poetry Workshop (nearly one hundred by its conclusion) so that teachers wishing to introduce poetry writing in the classroom could it as a resource from which to draw specific ideas.

In addition, since 1999, Nguyen has led private poetry writing workshops. These ten week sessions are held two times a year and include in-person as well as virtual participants. Under Nguyen’s guidance, workshop participants engage a primary text by a single poet and write out of resonances and in response to prompts and other considerations drawn from and in dialogue with it. Poets H.D., Lorine Niedecker, Joanne Kyger, Ted Berrigan, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Jack Spicer, Philip Whalen, Fred Wah, Susan Howe, Robert Creeley, Emily Dickinson, Harryette Mullen, Gertrude Stein, Amiri Baraka, Anne Carson, Sappho, and Charles Olson are among those that Nguyen has taught. Her workshops enjoy an international following; it has been referred to as “legendary” and “iconic” and have counted many established poets as repeat participants. An essay on the workshops and pedagogy has been included in the anthology Poets on Teaching (University of Iowa, 2010) and in the Bagley Wright lecture series.

With the poet Dale Smith, Nguyen founded a small press journal of poetry and poetics, publishing contemporary poets such as Amiri Baraka, Alice Notley, Linh Dinh, Kenward Elmslie and Eileen Myles. Nationally distributed, Skanky Possum has received attention from national media such as The Baltimore Sun and Poets and Writers. In 2002, as editor of Best American Poetry, Robert Creeley selected poems by four poets that were published in issue 6 of Skanky Possum. Skanky Possum’s catalogue has been collected by several prominent archives and Special Collections including San Francisco University, SUNY Buffalo, University of Arizona’s Poetry Center, and the New York Public Library.

Hoa Nguyen’s full Curriculum Vitae provided by request.
Please inquire at hn2626@gmail.com.


2017 Review: Violet Energy Ingots, Constant Critic

2017 Interview, Hoa Nguyen with 49th Shelf

2017 Review: Violet Energy Ingots, Full Stop

2017 Interview, Hoa Nguyen with Prac Crit

2016 Review: Violet Energy Ingots, New York Times

2016 Review: Violet Energy Ingots, The Boston Review

2016 Review: Violet Energy Ingots, Publishers Weekly

2016 Interview: Hoa Nguyen for The Walrus

2016 Interview: Hoa Nguyen with Black Warrior Press

2016: Interview: Hoa Nguyen for Open Books Toronto

2014 Review: As Long As Trees Last, Jacket2

2014 Review of As Long As Trees Last,  Cold Front Magazine

2014 Profile on Hoa Nguyen, International Examiner

2013 Review of As Long As Trees Last, Lantern Review

2013 Interview with Hoa Nguyen, BOMB Art Magazine

2012 Review of As Long As Trees Last, Lemon Hound

2012 Review of As Long As Trees Last, The Volta

2012 Review of As Long As Trees Last, Galatea Resurrection

2012 Review of As Long As Trees Last, New Pages Book Reviews

2012 Notable Books, Academy of American Poets 

2012 Review of As Long As Trees Last, Horse Less Press

2012 Review of As Long As Trees Last, The Rumpus 

2012 Interview with Hoa Nguyen, The Conversant

2012 Interview with Hoa Nguyen, Kirkus Reviews

2012 Review of As Long As Trees Last, Huffington Post

2012 Review of As Long As Trees Last, Boston Globe

2011 Interview with Hoa Nguyen, Evening Will Come

2010 Interview with Hoa Nguyen, We Who Are About to Die

2009 Review of Hecate Lochia, Gently Read Literature

2008 Interview with Hoa Nguyen, Bookslut