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Published on Sep 3, 2013
Mong-Lan reads her poetry & prose at Eastwind Books of Berkeley, California, April 2013 (excerpt from longer presentation). She reads from her books "Force of the Heart: Tango, Art"; "Tango, Tangueando: Poemas & Dibujos (bilingual edition -- Tango, Tangoing: Poetry & Art); and a prose piece, "On the Tango & Buenos Aires" -- Visit her website, http://www.monglan.com Mong-Lan, multi-disciplinary American poet, writer, painter, photographer, dancer (of Argentine tango), singer (bel canto, tangos), and educator, left her native Vietnam on the last day of the evacuation of Saigon. Mong-Lan's first book of poems, Song of the Cicadas, won the 2000 Juniper Prize, the 2002 Great Lakes Colleges Association's New Writers Awards for Poetry and was a finalist for the Poetry Society of America's Norma Farber First Book Award. Her other books of poetry include Why is the Edge Always Windy?; Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art, the bilingual Spanish / English edition, Tango, Tangueando: Poemas & Dibujos ; Love Poem to Tofu and Other Poems (chapbook), and Love Poem to Ginger & Other Poems: poetry & paintings (chapbook). A Wallace E. Stegner Fellow in poetry for two years at Stanford University and a Fulbright Fellow in Vietnam, Mong-Lan received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Arizona. Her poetry has been frequently anthologized to include in Best American Poetry, The Pushcart Book of Poetry: Best Poems from 30 Years of the Pushcart Prize; Asian American Poetry —The Next Generation; Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia and Beyond (Norton). Visit: http://www.monglan.com