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
To read [Paul Tran's] poems fully is to gather the elegant evidence of survival and to witness testimony of “extraordinary design.“
—Craig Santos Perez, citation for the "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize
Paul Tran is a 2018 "Discovery"/Boston Review Poetry Prize winner. They live in Missouri, where they are Poetry Editor at The Offing and Chancellor's Graduate Fellow in The Writing Program at Washington University in Saint Louis. 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). 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.