Writers Read Series welcomes poet and author Paul Tran on April 14

The College of DuPage Writers Read Series welcomes poet and author Paul Tran to discuss his book of poetry, “All the Flowers on Their Knees,” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, via Zoom.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be hosted by COD English teacher Jason Snart.

Tran’s first collection of poetry is a study of the physical, emotional, and psychological transformations that occur after being the victim of interpersonal abuse and imperial violence. “All the Flowers on Their Knees” is a study of these themes and aims to change our perceptions of freedom, power and control through innovative, non-linear poetic forms.

Tran’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, “Best American Poetry” and the Lionsgate movie “Love Beats Rhymes” starring Azealia Banks, Common and Jill Scott. A recipient of the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, as well as grants from the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Tran” is a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.

Among Tran’s many awards, he was the first Asian American since 1993 and the first transgender poet to win the Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam. They also placed in the top 10 at the individual World Poetry Slam and second at the National Poetry Slam. Tran is a two-time winner of the Rustbelt Poetry Slam and served as Poet-in-Residence at Urban Word NYC. They are currently the poetry editor at The Offing magazine.

Registration is required at info.cod.edu/writersreadseries2022.

Comments are closed.