Poetry Corner

 On Thursday, March 7, the Writers@Grinnell series at Grinnell College will celebrate a new book of poetry by Hai-Dang Phan, a 2003 Grinnell graduate who serves as associate professor of English and chair of the English Department. The event is free and open to the public.


Hai-Dang Phan will read from his newly released first book, “Reenactments: Poems and Translations,” published by Sarabande. In “Reenactments,” Phan grapples with the history, memory and legacy of the Vietnam War from his vantage point as the son of Vietnamese refugees.

In a review of “Reenactments,” David Ferry, author of “Bewilderment,” wrote, “These beautiful poems and translations dramatize the story of an exodus, the inheritance of memories, and the legacy of war, not only through Phan’s perspective and his family’s, but also through a host of alternate voices, alternate histories. ‘Reenactments’ is an extraordinary book.”

4:15 p.m. Thursday, March 7

Lounge in Burling Library, 1111 Sixth Ave., Grinnell


Hai-Dang Phan has taught ethnic American literature, the craft of poetry, introduction to literary analysis and studies in genre (essay) at Grinnell College. Phan’s poems, translations and essays have appeared widely, including in The New Yorker, Poetry, New England Review, jubilat, Prelude, Waxwing, Asymptote and the Poetry Foundation’s literary blog, Harriet. His writing also has been included in anthologies such as Best American Poetry 2015, The Norton Introduction to Literature (13th Edition) and the Broadview Introduction to Literature (Second Edition).

Phan is a recipient of the Frederick Bock Prize from the editors of Poetry magazine and an Emerging Writers Award from the New England Review. In addition, he has received fellowships and scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and the American Literary Translators Association. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from the University of Florida and a doctorate in literary studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. Born in Vietnam and raised in Wisconsin, he currently lives in Iowa City, Iowa.