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Release: Feb. 20, 2002

UI International Writing Program hosts first official delegation of writers from Vietnam

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa International Writing Program (IWP) will host the first official delegation of Vietnamese writers to visit the United States in the post-Vietnam War era. The group of 13 writers, guests of the U.S. State Department, will participate in a series of educational, cultural and social activities March 4-9 at the UI and in the surrounding region.

The delegation will also be hosted by the University of Massachusetts at Boston, the New School in New York City; and City College of San Francisco.

Christopher Merrill, director of the IWP, commented, “This is a historic opportunity for writers from our divided nations to meet and talk, to trade works and ideas, to forge friendships that may last a lifetime.”

Among the American sites and attractions that the delegation will visit are the historic homes of writers Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Henry David Thoreau; Harvard Square and a concert by the Boston Symphony; Greenwich Village, the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the Empire State Building, the Merchantile Library of New York, the New York Public Library, the United Nations headquarters, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the ESPN Sports Zone in New York City; the Vietnam War Memorial, Charlottesville, Va. and Monticello in the D.C. area; and the University of California-Berkeley, the Oakland Museum and other sites in the Bay Area.

The coordinator of the visit is the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences at UMass-Boston (http://omega.cc.umb.edu/~joiner/), through a grant from the foreign visitors program of the U.S. State Department.

The IWP is a one-of-a-kind group-residency program that brings established writers from around the world to the UI, where they become part of the lively literary community on campus and travel to present readings, symposia and lectures throughout the country. Over the years, nearly a thousand writers from 115 countries have completed residencies -- including individual Vietnamese writers each year since 1996, through State Department support.

You can learn more about the IWP from their web page, http://www.uiowa.edu/~iwp/. For UI arts information and calendar updates, visit http://www.uiowa.edu/artsiowa . To receive UI arts news by e-mail, contact < deborah-thumma@uiowa.edu >.

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ITINERARY FOR VIETNAMESE WRITERS VISIT TO THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA

March 4, Monday
noon-1 lunch IWP Director Christopher Merrill, Welcome
1-2:30 lecture Writers’ Workshop Director Frank Conroy, The History and Development of Creative Writing Programs
3-4:30 lecture Iowa Playwrights Workshop faculty member Dare Clubb, American Theater Today
dinner Hosted by the IWP (To be catered by Mekong Restaurant)

Guests to be invited: President Coleman; VPR Skorton; Michael New, Mark Sidel; Steven Hoch; Derek Willard; Stephen Vlastos, Dee Morris, Thom Swiss, Workshop faculty, Jim Leach, Herb and Janis Wilson address from Viana, Wm and Teddy Shuttleworth, David Roosevelt (Greater Cedar Rapids), Casey Mahon, Mary Lyman, Ernie Lehman, Father Joseph, Tom Baldridge, Connie Brother, Hualing Engle, Boyds, Bardoch, Rettigs, Sandy Barkan, Norge Espinosa, Joan Kjaer, Nazareths, Diana Horton,

March 5, Tuesday
1 lecture Father Joseph, St. Mary’s Cathedral
1-2:30 lecture Writers’ Workshop faculty member Samantha Chang, The Writers’ Workshop, from the Inside
3-4:30 lecture Iowa Poet Laureate Marvin Bell, American Poetry Today
dinner Hosted by CAPS

Guests to be invited: Maureen Robertson, Lutgendorf and Dao Minh, Paul Greenough, Maureen Robertson, Judy Polumbaum Dong Wang Liu, Burns Weston, Dorothy Paul, Chivy Sok, Jeanne Cadoret, Diana Davies, Ben Kieffer, Joan Kjaer,

March 6, Wednesday
9-10:30 lecture English faculty member Robert Sayre, Literature and the Prairie
10:30-noon lecture Writers’ Workshop faculty member Brenda Hillman, Women’s Spirituality in Poetry
1-4:00 Kalona, IA

March 7, Thursday
9-12 UI Center for the Book
1-2:30 lecture Writers’ Workshop faculty member James Galvin, Writing and the Environment
3-4:30 lecture Writers’ Workshop faculty member James Alan McPherson
6 lecture Prairie Lights owner Jim Harris, Independent Book Stores
8:00 Reading at Prairie Lights Books, by poet Forrest Gander

March 8, Friday
9 lecture Botanist Diana Horton, Rochester Cemetery prairie
10 Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, West Branch
1-2:30 lecture former US Poet Laureate Robert Hass
3-4:30 lecture Writers Workshop faculty member Marilynne Robinson
5-7:00 “Know the Score” KSUI radio broadcast, UI Museum of Art
7:30 dinner hosted by CIVIC, in the IC Lounge with any Vietnamese TB can round up

March 9, Saturday
AM breakfast with Congressman James A. Leach
10-11:30 Visit to City Hall, Mayor Ernie Lehman
11:30-1:30 lunch hosted by the Vietnamese Student Association
1:30-5:30 Amana Colonies

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Vietnamese Delegation:

Ms. Pham Thi Xuan Ban (Y Ban)
Mr. Tran Quoc Cuong (Nguyen Viet Ha)
Mr. Ta Viet Dang
Ms. Vo Thi Xuan Ha
Mr. Do Quang Hanh
Mr. Tran Manh Hao
Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Hue
Mr. Truong Nam Huong
Mr. Nguyen Tien Quyen
Mr. Tran Quang Quy
Mr. Tran Anh Thai
Mr. Duong Van Thuan
Ms. Duong Phuong Vinh

Y BAN

Real Name: Pham Thi Xuan Ban
Sex: Female
Date of Birth: July 1, 1961
Place of Birth: Nam Dinh Province

Current Position/Institution: Reporter, Education & Times Newspaper

Type of Writer: Prose Writer, Journalist

Educational Background: BA in Creative Writing (Nguyen Du Writing School, 1989-1993)

Publications:

- "The Woman with Magical Power" (Nguoi dan ba co ma luc -- Volume of short stories), Hanoi Publishing House, 1993

- "The Woman Who was Born of the Darkness of Night" (Nguoi dan ba sinh ra tu bong dem), Writer's Union's Publishing House, 1995

- "The Highlights of Memories" (Vung sang ky uc), Writer's Union's Publishing House, 1996

- "Short Stories by Y Ban" (volume of short stories), Literature Publishing House, 1998

- "The Abandoned Temple" (Mieu hoang -- volume of short stories), Youth Publishing House, 2000

- "An Adventurous Odyssey on Flood Waters" (Cuoc phieu luu tren nuoc lu -- story for children), Kim Dong Publishing House, 2001

- "Cam Cu" (volume of short stories), Literature Publishing House, 2001

Awards:

- First Prize at the Short Story Competition by the Army's Literature and Arts Magazine for the 1989-1990 period.

- Prize B for "The Woman with Magical Power," 1993.

- Prize C for "The Abandoned Temple" in 2000 by the Union of Literature and Arts Associations of Vietnam.


NGUYEN VIET HA

Real Name: Tran Quoc Cuong
Sex: Female
Date of Birth: July 12, 1962
Place of Birth: Hanoi

Current Position/Institution: Economist (Level 1), Accounting Office, Vietnam Bank for Industry and Trade Transaction Center # 1

Type of Writer: Prose Writer

Professional Membership(s): None

Educational Background: BA in Banking and Finance, 1993

Publications:

- "False Zhen" (Thien gia -- volume of short stories), Culture-Information Publishing House, 1997

- "Co hoi cua Chua" (God's Chance -- novel), Van Hoc (Literature) Publishing House

- "Spilled Asset" (Cua roi -- short story and screen play, produced by Vietnam Television Film Company in 2001)

Awards:

- Award by the Song Huong Magazine for the short story "The Boss and me" (Sep va toi), 1993


TA DUY ANH

Real Name: Ta Viet Dang
Sex: Male
Date of Birth: September 9, 1959
Place of Birth: Ha Tay Province

Current Position/Institution: Editor, Writer's Union Publishing House

Type of Writer: Prose Writer

Educational Background: BA in Creative Writing (Nguyen Du Writing School, 1989-1993)

Publications:

- "Stepping over an Oath" (Buoc qua loi the -- volume of short stories), 1990

- "The Prelude" (Khuc dao dau -- novel), 1991

- "Miserable Old man" (Lao kho -- novel), 1992

- "The Grass-Clad Knight" (Hiep si ao co -- medium story for children), 1993

- "Samsara" (Luan hoi -- volume of short stories), 1994

Awards:

Mr. Ta Duy Anh was a prize winner at the Rural Stories Award Competition jointly held by the Van Nghe (Literature and Arts) Magazine, the Agriculture Magazine, and the Radio Voice of Vietnam. He also won a prize at a short story competition held by the Van nghe Quan doi (Army's Literature and Arts) Magazine.

VO THI XUAN HA

Real Name: Vo Thi Xuan Ha
Sex: Female
Date of Birth: April 20, 1959
Place of Birth: Thua Thien-Hue Province

Current Position/Institution: General Office Manager, Center for the Promotion of Literature and Knowledge, Vietnam Writer's Union

Type of Writer: Prose Writer, Journalist, Screen Writer

Professional Membership(s): Vietnam Writer's Union

Educational Background: BA in Creative Writing (Nguyen Du Writing School, 1989-1993)

Publications:

1) Short stories:

- "Farewell to the Sweet Dream" (Vinh biet giac mo ngot ngao -- volume of short stories), Literature Publishing House, 1992

- "The Flock of Dancing Deers" (Bay huou nhay mua -- volume of short stories), Literature Publishing House, 1994

- "The Heirloom Box" (Chiec hop gia bao -- volume of long stories), Kim Dong Publishing House, 1994

- "Legends for the School-Aged" (Co tich cho tuoi hoc tro -- volume of short stories), Kim Dong Publishing House, 1997

- "The Adversary" (Ke doi dau -- volume of short stories), Writer's Union's Publishing House, 1998

- "The Story of the Oak Forest" (Chuyen o rung soi -- volume of long stories), Tre (Young) Publishing House, 1998, republished by the Kim Dong Publishing House in 1999

- "The Lamp on the Incense Table and Other Stories" (Gia nhang den va nhung truyen khac -- volume of short stories), Hanoi Publishing House, 1999

- "The Fairy Yellow Color" (Mau vang than tien -- volume of short stories), Kim Dong Publishing House, 2001

- "Selected Short Stories by Vo Thi Xuan Ha," Kim Dong Publishing House, 2001 (pending).

Awards:

- "Good Book" award by the Writer's Union's Publishing House in 1998 for "The Adversary."

- Gift award by the Kim Dong Publishing House in 1997 for "The Flock of Dancing Deers."

- Third Prize (no first prize) for the screen play "The Heirloom Box" awarded by Vietnam Feature Film Company. A cinefilm has been produced for the play.

- Consolation Prize for the screen play "The Story in the Oak Forest" at the 2000 Screen Play Competition held by the Vietnam Cinema Association.

- Third Prize (no first prize) for the screen play "Silent Land" awarded by the Dien anh Quan doi (Army's Cinema) Magazine, 2000.


DO QUANG HANH

Real Name: Do Quang Hanh
Other pen-name(s): Y Trang
Sex: Male
Date of Birth: April 26, 1957
Place of Birth: Hanoi

1995-present: Reporter, Head of the Culture, Literature and Arts Section, Lao Dong Newspaper

1982-1994 Lecturer and Researcher, Nguyen Du Writing School

Type of Writer: Journalist, Literary Critic, Prose Writer

Educational Background: BA in Vietnamese Language and Literature (Hanoi University, 1981)

Publications:

- "Washing Hands in Late Afternoon" (Rua tay cuoi chieu -- volume of mini-stories)

- "The Month of Memory" (Thang nho -- volume of stories for children)


TRAN MANH HAO

Real name: Mr. Tran Manh Hao
Pen-name: Tran Manh Hao
Sex: Male
Date of Birth: July 21, 1949
Place of Birth: Nam Dinh Province

Current Position/Institution: Freelance

Type of Writer: Poet, Prose Writer, Critique

Professional Membership(s): Vietnam Writers’ Union

Educational Background: Gorky Institute of Literature, the Soviet Union, 1988.

Publications: Poems -- "Baby’s Truong Son” (Truong Son cua be), Giai Phong (Liberation) Publishing House, 1974; “The Sound of the Bird Knocking at the Door” (Tieng chim go cua), Van Nghe Giai Phong (Liberation and Arts) Publishing House, 1976; “The Flowers are Walking and Blooming at the Same Time” (Hoa vua di vua no), Kim Dong Publishing House, 1981 and 1996; “The Underground Sun” (Mat troi trong long dat -- long poem), Ho Chi Minh City’s Literature and Arts Publishing House, 1981 and 1995; “Three Pairs of Mountains and one Standing-Alone Mountain” (Ba cap nui va mot hon nui le), An Giang Publish House, 1981 and Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People’s Army) Publishing House, 1995; “From Mother’s Heavenly Umbrella” (Tu chiec o troi cua me), Tac Pham Moi (New Works) Publishing House, 1987; “The Endless War” (Cuoc chien tranh khon nguoi), Quan Doi Nhan Dan Publishing House, 1988; “One You in One World” (Minh anh trong mot the gioi), Writers’ Union’s Publishing House, 1991; “Lightning-Shaped Country” (Dat nuoc hinh tia chop -- long poem), Quan Doi Nhan Dan Publishing House, 1994; “Dragonfly Biting the Navel” (Chuon chuon can ron), Dong Nai Publishing House, 1995; “Four-Line Poems” (Tho tu tuyet), Tre (Young) Publishing House, 1995; Tran Manh Hao’s Six-Eight-Word-Metre Poetry (Tho luc bat Tran Manh Hao), Quan Doi Nhan Dan Publishing House, 2001; Novels -- “Everybody’s Key” (Chia khoa cua moi nguoi), Ho Chi Minh City’s Literature and Arts Publishing House, 1987; “Honeymoon” (Trang mat), Tien Giang Publishing House, 1989; “Separated” (Ly than) Dong Nai Publishing House, 1989; “Borne to Love Each Other” (Sinh ra de yeu nhau), published by Phu Khanh Province’s Culture Department, 1989; Short Stories for Children -- “Trees in the Garden” (Cay trong vuon), Mang Non (Young Bamboo Shoot) Publishing House, 1980; “The Earthen Pig” (Chu heo dat), Ho Chi Minh City’s Literature and Arts Publishing House, 1981; Critics -- “Poetry against Poetry” (Tho phan tho), 1995; “Criticism against Criticism” (Phe binh phan phe binh), 1996.

Awards: National Poetry Award for children’s literature by the Vietnam Writers’ Union in 1995 for “The Dragonfly Biting the Navel”; National Poetry Award by the Vietnam Writers’ Union in 1996 for “The Lightning-Shaped Country”; National Poetry Award for literature about national defense and security by the Vietnam Writers’ Union in 1999 for “The Underground Sun”; Award for literary critics by the Vietnam Writers’ Union in 1996 for “Poetry against Poetry”; and many other awards since 1974 by the Nhan Dan (People’s) Newspaper, the Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People’s Army) Newspaper and the Van Nghe (Literature and Arts) Magazine.

NGUYEN THI THU HUE

Real Name: Nguyen Thi Thu Hue
Sex: Female
Date of Birth: August 12, 1966
Place of Birth: Ben Tre Province

Current Position/Institution: Director of Studio II, Vietnam Television Film Company, Vietnam National Television

Type of Writer: Prose Writer, Editor, Screen Writer

Professional Membership(s): Vietnam Writer's Union; Vietnam Cinema Association; Hanoi Writer's Union

Educational Background: BA in Vietnamese Literature; BA in Creative Writing (Nguyen Du Writing School, 1989-1993)

Publications:

Short stories:

- "Waited by Sand" (Cat doi -- volume of short stories)

- "After the Paradise" (Hau thien duong -- volume of short stories)

- "The Magician" (Phu Thuy -- volume of short stories)

Numerous other short stories published on newspapers and magazines

Screen plays for cinema and television:

- "The Asset Put Aside" (Cua de danh -- television film, 6 volumes)

- "Men's Tears" (Nuoc mat dan ong -- television film, 1 volume)

- "Young Woman without a Husband" (Thieu phu chua chong -- cinefilm)

- "The Person Who's in Search of a Dream" (Nguoi di tim giac mo -- cinefilm)

Awards:

- First prize by the Van nghe Quan doi (Army's Literature and Arts) Magazine

- Prize A by Hanoi Union of Literature and Arts

- Second Prize at the Works for Young People (Tac pham tuoi xanh) Competition

- Award by the Nguoi Ha Noi (Hanoians) Newspaper

- Award by the Vietnam Writer's Union

- Gold Medal for the television film "Men's Tears" at the 2000 National Film Festival


TRUONG NAM HUONG

Real Name: Truong Nam Huong
Sex: Male
Date of Birth: October 23, 1963
Place of Birth: Thua Thien-Hue

Current Position/Institution: Standing member of the Secretariat, HCMC Writer's Union, in charge of the An ninh the gioi (World Security) Magazine HCMC Bureau

Type of Writer: Poet, Prose Writer

Educational Background: BA

Professional Membership: Vietnam Writer's Union

Publications:

- "The Song of People Living on Foreign Land" (Tieng hat nguoi xa xu -- volume of poems), 1990

- "There Are the Ages of Twenties" (Co tuoi hai muoi -- volume of poems), 1992

- "Street Pavement of the Ages of Twenties" (He pho tuoi hai muoi -- long story), 1992

- "Blue Early Morning" (Ban mai xanh -- volume of poems), 1995

- "Looking back on the Years and Months" (Nhin lai thang nam -- volume of poems), 1995

- "Love Poems by Truong Nam Huong" (Tho tinh Truong Nam Huong), 1996

Awards:

- Prize B (no Prize A) at the poetry competition by the Van nghe Quan doi (Army's Literature and Arts) Magazine for 1989-1990.

- Award by the Vietnam Writer's Union in 1990 for "The Song of People Living on Foreign Land."

- Twenty-Year Literature Award by the HCMC Writer's Union in 1996


TRAN QUANG QUY

Real Name: Tran Quang Quy
Sex: Male
Date of Birth: January 2, 1955
Place of Birth: Phu Tho Province

Current Position/Institution: Editor, Gia dinh va Xa hoi (Family and Society) Magazine

Type of Writer: Poet, Prose Writer, Screen Play Writer

Educational Background: BA in Creative Writing (Nguyen Du Writing School, 1983-1985)

Publications:

- "Writing as a Gift for You in a Crowded House" (Viet tang em trong ngoi nha chat -- volume of poems), 1990"The Prelude" (novel), 1991

- "Very Deep Eyes" (Mat tham -- volume of poems), 1993

- "Belated Remorse" (Loi sam hoi muon man -- feature film play), 1995

- "Choice" (Lua chon -- feature film play), 1996

- "Moon-lit River Bank" (Bo song trang sang -- volume of short stories), 1996

Awards:

- Second Prize at the poetry competition held by the Van nghe Quan doi (Army's Literature and Arts) Magazine for 1993-1994.

- Prizes at the poetry competitions in 1990 and 1995 held by the Van nghe (Literature and Arts) Magazine.

- The Hung Vuong Award for Poetry of the period 1991-1995

NGUYEN QUYEN

Real Name: Nguyen Tien Quyen
Sex: Male
Date of Birth: 10/12/1974
Place of Birth: Hoa Binh Province

Current Position/Institution: Freelance

Type of Writer: Poet, Screen Writer, literary critic and theoretician

Educational Background: BA in Creative Writing (Nguyen Du Writing School, 1993-1997)

Publications:

1. Poems:

- "Early Morning Rain" (Mua ban mai -- volume of poems), Labor Publishing House, 1993

- "Wife of the Sky" (Nguoi vo cua bau troi -- volume of poems), published by Hoa Binh Province Department of Culture and Information, 2001

2. TV Screen Plays:

- "In Search of Dad" (Tim cha, 1997)

- "The Crack at the Foot of the Wall" (Vet ran chan tuong, 1998)

- "It's Not Fun" (Khong phai tro dua, 2000)

- "A New Life" (Hoi sinh), serial, 2000

- "The Story by the Lake" (Chuyen ben ho), serial, 2001


3. Literary Criticism:

Mr. Quyen has been writing critiques and analyses on contemporary social life in Vietnam. He has been collaborating actively with such newspapers as the Literature and Arts (Van Nghe) Magazine, Education and Times Newspaper, Culture and Sports, World Security Newspaper, and the Police Culture, Literature and Arts Magazine, etc.

4. Theoretics:
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- "The New Problems for Vietnamese Modern Poetry and Music" (Nhung van de moi cua tho ca Viet Nam hien dai), pending publication (Some chapters have been published on newspapers)

- "Authors and Works" (Tac gia-Tac pham -- analyses of and conversations with authors having works taught in schools), Tre (Young) Publishing House, 1999.

- "Examples of the Fondness of Learning, Past and Present" (Guong hieu hoc xua va nay -- stories about school years of Vietnamese and world Who's who's), Lao Dong Publishing House, 2000.


TRAN ANH THAI

Pen-name: Tran Anh Thai
Sex: Male
Date of Birth: October 8, 1955
Place of Birth: Thai Binh Province

Current Position/Institution: Reporter and Editor, Socio-Economic Section, Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People’s Army) Newspaper

Type of Writer: Poet, Prose Writer, Journalist.

Professional Membership(s): Vietnam Writers’ Union; Vietnam Journalists’ Association

Educational Background: BA in Literature, Hanoi University, 1989.

Publications: Poetry -- "Bitterness and Sweetness" (Chat dang va ngot ngao), Vietnam Writers’ Union’s Publishing House, 1991 "White Monologue” (Doc thoai trang), Van Hoc (Literature) Publishing House, 1995; "White Expectation" (Vong trang), Writers’ Union’s Publishing House, 1997; "Casting Shadows on the Sun" (Do bong xuong mat troi -- long poem), Literature Publishing House, 1999; Novels -- "A Cruel Fate" (So phan nghiet nga), People’s Army Publishing House, 1990; Non-fiction stories -- "Casting Words on Rock Surface" (Gieo chu tren da), Hanoi Publishing House, 2000.

Awards: Third Prize (without first prize) for the 1995-2000 award for literature about Vietnam’s Revolutionary War, awarded by the Vietnam Writers’ Union and the Ministry of National Defense for “Casting Shadows on the Sun”; First Prize at the 1997-2000 National Poetry Competition by the Van Nghe Magazine for “Return Day” (Ngay ve); “Good Work” Award by the Van Nghe Quan Doi (People’s Literature and Arts) Magazine, 1997. Third Prize (without first prize) for poetry by Van Nghe (Literature and Arts) Magazine, 1995

DUONG THUAN

Real Name: Duong Van Thuan
Sex: Male
Date of Birth: July 7, 1957
Place of Birth: Bac Can Province

Current Position/Institution: Editor, Hoa Hoc Tro (School-Age Flowers) Newspaper.

Type of Writer: Poet, Prose Writer, Editor

Professional Membership(s): Vietnam Writer's Union

Educational Background: BA in Vietnamese Literature (Hanoi Pedagogic University, 1980);

Publications:

- "A Hunting Trip on Horse Back" (Cuoi ngua di san -- volume of poems), 1991

- "In Search of Mountain's Shadow" (Di tim bong nui -- volume of poems), 1993

- "Going in the Opposite Direction of the Sun" (Di nguoc mat troi -- volume of poems),1995

- "The Orphan Bride" (Con coi lam dau -- volume of poems),1995

- "The Old Woman and the Magpie-robin" (Ba lao va chich choe -- volume of poems), 1997

- "The Lesson of Summer" (Bai hoc mua he -- volume of short stories), 1997

- "Seventeen Songs on the Island" (Muoi bay khuc dao ca -- long poem), 2000

- "Sing with the Nang (Torrential) River" (Hat voi song Nang -- volume of poems), 2001

Awards:

- Prize A by Vietnam Writer's Union, 1992

- Has won awards at poetry competitions held by the Van Nghe (Literature and Arts) Magazine, the Van Nghe Quan Doi (Army's Literature and Arts) Magazine, Kim Dong Publishing House, and other prizes.


DUONG PHUONG VINH

Real Name: Duong Phuong Vinh
Sex: Female
Date of Birth: 1966
Place of Birth: Hanoi

Current Position/Institution: Reporter, Tien Phong Newspaper

Type of Writer: Journalist, Writer, Literary Critic

Educational Background: BA in Literature (Hanoi University, 1990)

Publications: short stories, newspaper articles and commentaries on literary, cultural and social issues.