Author: Anh-Hoa Thi Nguyen
Ánh-Hoa Thị Nguyễn is a refugee, poet, community artist and educator. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Mills College in Oakland, California. Her writing has appeared in publications such as “Asian Pacific American Journal;” the Vietnamese Artists Collective anthology AS IS: A Collection of Visual and Literary Works by Vietnamese American Artists; the Asian American Women Artists Association anthology Cheers to Muses: Contemporary Works by Asian American Women; Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora; “diaCRITICS,” a project of the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network; and the “Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement.” Ánh-Hoa has performed her work at numerous venues in the Bay Area and in the Twin Cities. She is a Voices of Our Nation Arts Foundation (VONA) alumna and has received a writing fellowship from the Elizabeth George Foundation and Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grants. Ánh-Hoa has also completed residencies at Hedgebrook, a Writers-in-Residence Program for women, Djerassi Resident Artists Program and the de Young Museum’s Education Department Kimball Gallery Artist-in-Residence program. She was the host for the Minnesota Humanities Center’s “War and Memory” Series and a panelist for the Twin Cities PBS “Vietnam War 360” conversation series. In the summer of 2018, Ánh-Hoa was the artist-in-residence for The Floating Library with her project “Waves Enfolding: A Paper Memorial” that honored lives lost during the Vietnamese refugee waves of 1954 and after the war in Vietnam and South East Asia, 1975-1992. She is a member of She Who Has No Master(s), a collective of women and gender-nonconforming writers of the Vietnamese diaspora. She is currently co-creating a book of contemporary art titled Frame to Focus: Vietnamese American Women Artists.