June 12, 2022
Hoa Nguyen


Complete playlist below; tracks in yellow were cut for time.

  1. Goldfinger, Shirley Bassey, 1964
  2. Street Songs Vietnam, anonymous youtube clip
  3. Hotel California - Solo Dan Bau,  Duy Thịnh
  4. Ghost Tape #10, U. S. Army 6th Psychological Operations Battalion, 1970
  5. You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine, Lou Rawls, 1976
  6. 96 Tears, ? and the Mysterians, 1966
  7. Sacred Love, Bad Brains, 1986
  8. Happiness is a Warm Gun, The Breeders, 1990
  9. 8 Miles High, Hüsker Dü, 1984
  10. Waiting Room, Fugazi, 1988
  11. Live and Let Die, Daniel Johnston
  12. Dress, PJ Harvey, 1992
  13. Broken Face, Pixies, 1988
  14. 99 1/2, Dorothy Love Coates, 1956
  15. Party at Ground Zero, Fishbone, 1985
  16. Gigantic, Pixies, 1988
  17. A Pair of Brown Eyes, The Pogues, 1985

Born in the Mekong Delta, Hoa Nguyen was raised and educated in the United States and has lived in Canada since 2011. Hoa has had the privilege to work and teach all over the United States and Canada, and share her unique perspective through her poetry. She is the author of several books including As Long As Trees Last, Red Juice: Poems 1998-2008, and Violet Energy Ingots which received a 2017 Griffin Prize nomination. Her fifth book of poems, A Thousand Times You Lose Your Treasure was named a finalist for a Kingsley Tufts Award, National Book Award and the Governor General’s Literary Award and has garnered additional support from The Poetry Foundation, Library Journal, and the Los Angeles Review of Books. Her writing has been promoted by such outlets as Granta, PEN American Center, CBC Books, Boston Review, The Best Canadian Poetry series, Poetry, The Walrus, and Pleiades. In 2019, she was nominated for a Neustadt International Prize for Literature, a prestigious international literary award often compared with the Nobel Prize in Literature.

A well-regarded and popular teacher of creative writing, she has more than twenty years’ experience teaching across genres in intimate workshops and large lectures in community, undergraduate, and graduate settings. She serves 2022 - 2023 distinguished Visiting Practioner at Ryerson University and has performed, lectured, and taught in colleges, universities, and literary organizations including Princeton University, the Chautauqua Institute, Brown University, St. Mary’s College of California, and the Banff Centre for the Arts. She has nine years of experience teaching undergraduate courses in fiction, creative non-fiction, and poetry to a diverse student population at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and Ryerson University. At the graduate level, she has taught as associated faculty for the low-residency MFA programs at Miami University and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College MFA Program where she was named Co-Chair of Writing in 2020.