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Mai Tran

Mai Tran is a genderqueer Vietnamese American writer and communications strategist. They were a recipient of Epiphany Zine’s 2020 Breakout 8 Writers Prize and their work has appeared in Reductress, Apogee, The Margins, Vox, The Guardian, and elsewhere. They are currently an MFA candidate at Sarah Lawrence College and a program coordinator for Lambda Literary’s LGBTQ Writers in Schools.

Beth Nguyen’s Owner of a Lonely Heart

Beth Nguyen’s second memoir, Owner of a Lonely Heart, revolves around a story that is still “uncomfortably dramatic” for her to tell in real life. When Nguyen’s family flees Saigon a day before the war in Vietnam ended, Nguyen’s mother stays, or is left, behind. In the aftermath, Nguyen spends the eighties growing up in a mostly white town in Michigan, where her given name Bich, and her multigenerational household that consisted of family members both biological and not, were unconventional for the area. Safety is found in silence, in not provoking her father’s anger or longing for people and places she cannot remember.

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The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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