Loft Mentor Series Reading with Vu Tran
Location: The Loft at Open Book (Performance Hall)
Day of the Week: Friday
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
• Regular: $10.00
• Member: $5.00
The Loft proudly presents a Loft Mentor Series in Poetry and Creative Prose with Vu Tran and fellows Hallie Wiederholt and Mickie Micklewright.
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. In the spring of 1980, Tran, his mother, and his seven-year-old sister escaped Vietnam by boat, spending five days at sea. They ended up in Malaysia and settled in a refugee camp on the island of Pulau Bidong, off the Malaysian coast. Four months later, Tran’s father sponsored them from America, and in September, they all reunited in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he met his father for the first time. 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. He is the author of the novel, Dragonfish.
Hallie Wiederholt’s poems have appeared in DIAGRAM, Adrienne, Sleet Magazine, Poetry City USA, and elsewhere. She was chosen by Billy Collins for the 2016 Key West Literary Seminar Writers’ Workshop and is the Assistant Poetry Editor for Midway Journal.
Michele Micklewright is a writer whose poetry, essays and memoir excerpts emerge from her work "on the borders." She has served as a spiritual director, healing touch practitioner and integrative care chaplain in inner-city community settings and in shelters, hospital, hospice, and long-term care facilities, both in the United States and Latin America, for over twenty years. Michele holds a Doctor of Ministry Degree from Mundelein Seminary. Her work has been used in ministry settings and published in Listen: A Seekers' Guide to Spiritual Direction; PlainViews: Chaplaincy Network; Chaplaincy Today, Vision, Maryknoll in Touch, Minnesota Women's Press, Scintilla Press, and Witness Literary Magazine. She is recipient of an Intermedia Arts/Jerome Emerging Writer Grant, a Bush Leader Fellowship and a Dorothy Day Study Grant. She has participated in the Collegeville Institute's Writing programs, summer 2013 and fall 2016.