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Monique Truong

Monique Truong was born in Saigon in 1968 and moved to the United States at age six. She graduated from Yale University and the Columbia University School of Law, going on to specialize in intellectual property.

Truong coedited the anthology Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry and Prose, and her essay “Welcome to America” was featured on National Public Radio. Granting her an award of excellence, the Vietnamese American Studies Center at San Francisco State University called her “a pioneer in the field, as an academic, an advocate, and an artist.”

Truong’s debut novel, The Book of Salt, imagines the life of a young Vietnamese man who works as a live-in cook in the Paris home of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. Toklas. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.

“A writing residency is always a gift of time. The Lannan Residency, though, provided much more than that—solitude in the best sense of the word, the West Texas sky painted fresh each day, and the Chihuahua desert, a landscape that changes every time you blink.”

  • 2001