Vu Tran

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General Information

Name: Vu Tran

Pen Name: None

Genres: Fiction

Born: in Saigon, Vietnam



Email: The author can be reached through the "Contact" page of his website.

Illinois Connection

Tran is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Arts in English and Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.

Biographical and Professional Information

Vu Tran was born in Vietnam and raised in Oklahoma. He received his MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and his PhD from the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.

His 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.

Published Works

Dragonfish, Norton, 2015

Titles at Your Library

Dragonfish: A Novel

ISBN: 0393352870
Release Date: 2016-08-02

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Literary Awards


  • Notable Book, New York Times, 2015
  • Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

Other Awards:

  • Whiting Writers Award, 2009
  • Finalist, Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise, 2011

Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

Speaking Engagement Availability: (Yes)


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External Links

Vu Tran on WorldCat


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