the pregnant farmgirl in the back of his army jeep, his blond hair flickering in napalm-blasted wind, let it pin. Then madeto survive, which means you are somebody’s. Born in Saigon, poet and editor Ocean Vuong was raised in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned a BA at Brooklyn College (CUNY). In his poems, he often explores transformation, desire, and violent loss. Librarians working throughout BPL’s 59 branches nominated 110 books this year. "Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanantly stunning. Brooklyn being the seat of where my career began, my education as a writer began,” said Ocean Voung. The curtains fluttering. That one night, very soon, you’ll pack a bag. In his poems, he often explores transformation, desire, and violent loss. He lives in New York City. Ocean Vuong (born October 14, 1988) is an American poet and essayist. Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), which was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. Born in Saigon, poet and editor Ocean Vuong was raised in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned a BA at Brooklyn College (CUNY). You are something made. He lives in New York City. Your mother’s boyfriend, his bald head ringed with redhair, like a planet on fire, kneeling, by your bed again. Previous winners have gone on to win MacArthur Genius Grants. You can walk away. See our location map for details. The Brooklyn Public Library Literary Prize is generously underwritten by the Peck Stacpoole Foundation. in that house, beneath a blanket printed with yellow sailboats. “ Vuong is a mightily gifted observer... moving and rarely less than excellent. Your mother’s boyfriend, his bald head ringed with red, by your bed again. You can walk away. spinning in no one’s orbit. “It's a true honor to receive this recognition from a library and a library that's so important to me, no less. Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), which was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. A virtual celebration for the authors was held on November 20, hosted by the Brooklyn Eagles, a group of young professionals who support the Library through volunteering and fundraising. I wanted to reclaim that narrative while still signaling the legacy of violence and reductive portrayal of Asian bodies by Western writers. His breath. Ocean Vuong is the author of the debut novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, out from Penguin Press (2019) and forthcoming in 15 other languages worldwide.He is also the author of the critically acclaimed poetry collection, Night Sky with Exit Wounds, a New York Times Top 10 Book of 2016, winner of the T.S. "We congratulate, too, the librarians who pour themselves into this Prize year after year, and all librarians who have leapt the many hurdles of 2020 to ensure that everyone has access to the essential resource of literature.". The prize comes with a $5,000 award. Each year, BPL’s librarians draw on their extensive knowledge of both contemporary literature and the community of readers which they serve throughout the borough. Poems online " Someday I'll Love Ocean Vuong," The New Yorker " Aubade With Burning City"; "On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous," Poetry Magazine “ Telemachus,” Beloit Poetry Journal " Homewrecker," Linebreak " Eurydice," The Nation " Prayer for the Newly Damned, " American Poetry Review " Untitled (Blue, Green, & Brown)," TriQuarterly & you keep dancing inside the minefield—, motionless. Eliot Prize for his poetry. Poems. Many BPL branches are open for lobby service! “You know, as a writer who comes from a working class background who, you know, doesn't have access most of my life to books, you know, a book, especially a hardback book, it's a lot of money and libraries, I think, like the Brooklyn Public Library, makes it possible for writers like myself to engage in books and to have access to this great wealth of knowledge in order so that we can take our careers, our aspirations and dreams into our own hands. "Not so much briefly gorgeous as permanantly stunning. His debut novel, On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous, was published in 2019. “ Vuong is a mightily gifted observer... moving and rarely less than excellent. Air of whiskey & crushedOreos. Born in Saigon, poet and editor Ocean Vuong was raised in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned a BA at Brooklyn College (CUNY). Yes—let me believe I was born, to cock back this rifle, smooth & slick, like a true, Charlie, like the footsteps of ghosts misted through rain, as I lower myself between the sights—& pray, to dance. He lives in New York City. I wanted, ultimately, to acknowledge that the life of displacement is inextricable from violence, and yet in spite of that, a story about survival can still be told.”—Ocean Vuong. About Brooklyn Public Library A little waltz to die for, is long ago. I think your dancing is gorgeous. The curtains fluttering. Ocean Vuong (born Vương Quốc Vinh, Vietnamese: [vɨəŋ˧ kuək˧˥ viɲ˧]; October 14, 1988) is a Vietnamese American poet, essayist and novelist.Vuong is a recipient of the 2014 Ruth Lilly/Sargent Rosenberg fellowship from the Poetry Foundation, a 2016 Whiting Award, and the 2017 T.S. search. He is also the author of two chapbooks: No (YesYes Books, 2013) and Burnings (Sibling Rivalry Press, 2010), which was an American … & you want someone to say. That one night, very soon, you’ll pack a bag, with your favorite paperback & your mother’s .45,that the surest shelter was always the thoughts, above your head. Then you can stop.Then you can walk away—back into the fog, -walled minefield, where the vein in your neck adores youto zero. Yes—let me believe I was bornto cock back this rifle, smooth & slick, like a true, Charlie, like the footsteps of ghosts misted through rainas I lower myself between the sights—& pray. He is a recipient of the 2014 Ruth Lilly/Sargent Rosenberg fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and a 2016 Whiting Award for his poetry. That it’s fair—it has to be—how our hands hurt us, then give us, the world. Honeyed light, beneath the door. Nominees and winners for the Prize are selected by a team of BPL librarians. with your favorite paperback & your mother’s .45, that the surest shelter was always the thoughts, above your head. You are something made. My grandmother kissesas if bombs are bursting in the backyard,where mint and jasmine lace their perfumesthrough the kitchen window,as if somewhere, a body is falling apartand flames are making their way backthrough the intricacies of a young boy’s thigh,as if to walk out the door, your torsowould dance from exit wounds.When my grandmother kisses, there would beno flashy smooching, no western musicof pursed lips, she kisses as if to breatheyou inside her, nose pressed to cheekso that your scent is relearnedand your sweat pearls into drops of goldinside her lungs, as if while she holds youdeath also, is clutching your wrist.My grandmother kisses as if historynever ended, as if somewherea body is stillfalling apart. In his poems, he often explores transformation, desire, and violent loss. The librarians also honored Ocean Vuong for his novel On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, describing the book as both shattering and healing. Honeyed lightbeneath the door. Brooklyn Public Library Announces 2020 Literary Prize Winners, Nonfiction Prize Awarded to Dr. Ruha Benjamin for Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code  That it’s fair—it has to be—, -walled minefield, where the vein in your neck adores you, to zero. To borrow an e-book copy of the winning selections, click here. Brooklyn, NY – November 23, 2020 – Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has announced the winners of the sixth annual Brooklyn Public Literary Prize, awarding Dr. Ruha Benjamin the 2020 Nonfiction Prize for Race After Technology: Abolitionist Tools for the New Jim Code and Ocean Vuong the 2020 Fiction and Poetry Prize for On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous. Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), which was a finalist for the Kate Tufts Discovery Award. look up to, may it reach the grandfather fuckingthe pregnant farmgirl in the back of his army jeep. You want someone to say all thisis long ago. His spilled-ink hand, on your chest. Born in Saigon, poet and editor Ocean Vuong was raised in Hartford, Connecticut, and earned a BA at Brooklyn College (CUNY). --Los Angeles Times "Ocean Vuong is the Walt Whitman of Vietnamese American literature. Which means if you open your eyes, you’ll be back.