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Individual Author Record

General Information

Name:  Vu Tran  

Pen Name: None

Genre: Fiction

Born: in Saigon, Vietnam


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 Expand for more information

Titles At Your Library


-- '''''Dragonfish''''' -- *Notable Book, New York Times, 2015

-- *Starred Review, Publishers Weekly

-- '''Other Awards:''' -- *Whiting Writers Award, 2009

-- *Finalist, Vilcek Prize for Creative Promise, 2011