Vinh Nguyen

Vinh Nguyen

Writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in June 2024.

Vinh Nguyen (he/him) is an educator and writer living in Toronto. He is co-editor of Refugee States: Critical Refugee Studies in Canada. His critical and creative writing appears in a range of venues, including Social Text, Canadian Literature, The Criterion Collection, MUBI Notebook, LitHub, Brick, The Malahat Review, PRISM international, and The New Quarterly, where he’s also a creative non-fiction editor. He’s also served as consultant on the CBC sitcom Run the Burbs and a Canadian Heritage Minutes on Vietnamese boat people.

In 2017, he was the recipient of the John C. Polanyi Prize for Literature. He’s at work on several projects: an anthology on refugee narratives, a monograph on the concept of refuge, and a memoir.

Vinh Nguyen will write in residence at Joy Kogawa House in June 2024. Follow him on Twitter @8vinhnguyen and Instagram @cousinvinnhy.

While in residency, Vinh presented the following community-engaged writing program:

(1) A Night of Asian Canadian Poetry

This event featured three of the most exciting voices in Canadian poetry. Souvankham Thammavongsa, Barbara Tran, and Chuqiao Yang read from their collections and engaged in an intimate conversation on line, language, and life. Moderated by Vinh Nguyen, writer-in-residence at Joy Kogawa House in June 2024.


David Lam Centre at SFU

Centre for Asian Canadian Research and Engagement (ACRE) at UBC

Held Saturday, June 15, 7 – 8:30pm, in-person at Joy Kogawa House.