Paul Tran is a nationally recognized poet, educator, and editor.
They won “Best Poet,” “Pushing the Art Forward,” and “The Torchbearers Award” at the College Unions Poetry Slam Invitational (CUPSI). In 2017, they became the first Asian American since 1993 to win the Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam, placing Top 10 at the Individual World Poetry Slam (IWPS) and Top 5 at the National Poetry Slam (NPS). They also took First Place at the Rustbelt Poetry Festival as part of Team Michael Derrick Hudson with Franny Choi, Rachel Rostad, and Chrysanthemum Tran.
Nominated for The Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net, Paul’s writing appears in The New Yorker, Prairie Schooner, RHINO, which gave them an Editor’s Prize, and elsewhere.
They received fellowships and residencies from Kundiman, the Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation, the Asian American Literary Arts & Performance Festival, Poets House Emerging Poets, the Lambda Literary Foundation Emerging LGBTQ Voices, the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, the Vermont Studio Center, the Home School, the Conversation Literary Festival, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Miami Writers Institute, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, the Imagining America Foundation, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Leadership Alliance & Office of the Senior Vice Provost at Harvard University, the Creative Arts Council & Dean of the College at Brown University, and the Brown-Tougaloo College Partnership.
Since 2013, Paul has taught creative writing and coached the slam poetry teams at Barnard College, Brown University, Columbia University, Hunter College, New Urban Arts in Providence, and Urban Word NYC, as seen on HBO Brave New Voices.
Paul is working on their first poetry collection. The manuscript examines intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, and U.S. empire after the Fall of Saigon in 1975.
They live in St. Louis, Missouri, where they are the Poetry Editor at The Offing and Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow in the Writing Program at Washington University in St. Louis.
Astro Spills: Taurus, Cosmonaut Avenue (May 2017)
Headlining the 2017 Rain City Grand Slam, Northwest Asian Weekly (April 2017)
5 Poets You Need to Follow Right Now, Project 1324, Adobe (March 2017)
34 Poets of Color Summarize 2017 in Verse, Huffington Post (February 2017)
“I thought what I survived deserved recognition,” Prairie Schooner (December 2016)
Episode 6: Paul Tran, The Poetry Gods Podcast, iTunes (May 2016)
The Conversation: Hanif Willis-Abdurrajib and Paul Tran, The Rumpus (March 2016)
Viet Thanh Nguyen: Anger in the Asian American Novel, The Margins, The Asian American Writers Workshop (June 2015)
SpokenHeard, Susan Dobbe Chase, BlogTalkRadio (May 2015)
Books in Brief: Split this Rock, Beloit Poetry Journal (April 2014)