The precision in Paul Tran’s poems unites language, sound, and image with a tender and unflinching voice, one whose wisdom tells us homes can be taken or harmed but also (re)created. Tran’s work is undeniable.
—Khadijah Queen, citation for the Lighthouse Writers Workshop Poetry Fellowship
Paul Tran is the recipient of a Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from Poetry Magazine & Poetry Foundation and a "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize from the 92 Street Y Unterberg Poetry Center.
They earned a B.A. in twentieth century United States history from Brown University and is currently a Chancellor’s Graduate Fellow in The Writing Program at Washington University in Saint Louis, where they won the Dorothy Negri Prize and Norma Lowry Memorial Award.
They have also received support from Kundiman, Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundation, Poets House, Lambda Literary Foundation, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, John Ashbery Home School, Vermont Studio Center, The Conversation, Palm Beach Poetry Festival, Miami Writers Institute, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Lighthouse Writers Workshop, and the Eliza So Fellowship from Submittable, Plympton, and the Writer’s Block.
Paul is Poetry Editor at The Offing Magazine.
Their work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, and elsewhere, including the anthology Inheriting The War (W.W. Norton) and movie Love Beats Rhymes (Lionsgate) alongside Azealia Banks, Common, and Jill Scott.
Paul is the first Asian American since 1993 to win the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam, placing Top 10 at the Individual World Poetry Slam and Top 2 at the National Poetry Slam.