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Award-Winning Writer Nguyen ’01SCE to Read at PC

Providence, R.I.--Author and scholar Phong Nguyen ’01SCE, who won the 2010 Elixir Press Fiction Award for his first short story collection, Memory Sickness and Other Short Stories, will read from his book as part of the Poetry & Fiction series at Providence College on Thursday, October 6.

His presentation will be held at 7 p.m. in the Feinstein Academic Center, Room 400, and is open to the public. 

The Poetry & Fiction series is sponsored by the Department of English and co-sponsored by the Office of Alumni Relations, the School of Continuing Education, and the American Studies and Global Studies programs.

Nguyen, who majored in humanities and graduated summa cum laude, is an assistant professor of English at the University of Central Missouri, where he teaches fiction writing and edits the journal Pleiades. A Vietnamese-American whose father emigrated to the U.S. in 1962, Nguyen also was chief editor of Cream City Review and an editorial assistant at The Atlantic Monthly

His stories have appeared in more than 30 national literary journals including Agni, Iowa Review, Kenyon, Massachusetts Review, and North American Review, and have been nominated for the Pushcart Prize in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010.  

His award-winning collection, Memory Sickness and Other Short Stories (Elixir Press, 2011), is a collaboration of interwoven stories about characters living on the margins of life in Providence. American novelist Don Lee called it “a truly memorable collection.” 

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