Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

The Awl: An Interview with Viet Thanh Nguyen

An interview with Bryan Washington regarding refugee literature and American politics. Interview originally published on The Awl. This conversation with Viet Thanh Nguyen took place a few days after he received a MacArthur  “genius grant”. As the author of a Pulitzer prize-winning novel (The Sympathizer), and a collection of short stories (The Refugees), as well as a nonfiction work chronicling narratives of […]

Longreads: An Interview with Macarthur ‘Genius’ Viet Thanh Nguyen on Longreads

Image credits to Getty Images. USC professor and writer Viet Thanh Nguyen has been named a 2017 MacArthur fellow.

2017 MacArthur fellow Viet Thanh Nguyen discusses questions of justice, diversity in literature, and empathy across cultures in an interview with Catherine Cusick. Interview originally published by Longreads. Viet Thanh Nguyen had just gotten back from a summer in Paris when he received an unexpected phone call from a Chicago number. He didn’t recognize the […]

A refugee writer wins a ‘genius grant’ for his depictions of the displaced

Viet Thanh Nguyen, MacArthur fellow

Carol Hills and Marco Werman of Public Radio International interview Viet Thanh Nguyen as a recipient of a MacArthur grant. Vietnamese American writer Viet Thanh Nguyen describes himself as “numb and shocked” after winning a MacArthur “genius grant.” The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of “The Sympathizer,” his debut novel, was cited by the MacArthur Foundation for “challenging popular depictions […]

MacArthur Foundation Names ‘Genius Grant’ Winners for 2017

Viet Thanh Nguyen is one of seven 2017 MacArthur Fellows featured in The Wall Street Journal in October 2017. When told that they’ve been selected for the MacArthur Fellows Program, “genius grant” winners are given a phone number to use for a variety of reasons—including if, a little later, they start to think that they dreamed up […]

Viet Nguyen Awarded MacArthur Fellowship

The MacArthur Foundation has awarded Viet Thanh Nguyen with a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship for his work as a fiction writer and cultural critic. In particular, the MacArthur Foundation recognizes Viet Nguyen’s contributions to “challenging popular depictions of the Vietnam War and exploring the myriad ways that war lives on for those it has displaced.” The […]

Viet Nguyen wins prestigious MacArthur Foundation award

Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 MacArthur Fellow, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, September 23, 2017

An article originally posted for USC News, Susan Bell covers Viet Thanh Nguyen on becoming a 2017 MacArthur Grant recipient. The “genius grant” honors the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and professor, whose groundbreaking work has enabled Americans and others to view the Vietnam War from more balanced perspectives. Viet Thanh Nguyen, Aerol Arnold Chair of English […]

MacArthur Foundation Names 2017 ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

Image credits to Oriana Koren for The New York Times. The novelist and professor Viet Thanh Nguyen at his home in Los Angeles.

Originally written for the New York Times, the following is an excerpt about Viet Thanh Nguyen from Jennifer Schuessler’s New York Times article on the 2017 MacArthur Grant recipients. Mr. Nguyen, who won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for his novel “The Sympathizer,” said he wanted to use some of the money to hire an editor to […]

Here Are The 2017 MacArthur ‘Genius’ Grant Winners

Colin Dwyers of NPR puts together a list of the 24 recipients of the 2017 MacArthur Genius Grant, one fellow being Viet Thanh Nguyen. It’s not often you’ll find these 24 names in the same place. They are historians and musicians, computer scientists and social activists, writers and architects. But whatever it may read on […]

MacArthur Fellow 2017: Viet Thanh Nguyen

Viet Thanh Nguyen, 2017 MacArthur Fellow

The following is Viet Thanh Nguyen’s profile on the MacArthur Foundation’s website.   Challenging popular depictions of the Vietnam War and exploring the myriad ways that war lives on for those it has displaced. ABOUT VIET’S WORK Viet Thanh Nguyen is a literary scholar and fiction writer crafting a more nuanced portrait of the Vietnam […]

Viet Thanh Nguyen is a 2017 MacArthur fellow for fiction and nonfiction

Image credits to Getty Images. USC professor and writer Viet Thanh Nguyen has been named a 2017 MacArthur fellow.

In this amalgamation of interviews, Agatha French from the Los Angeles Times creates a portrait of Viet Thanh Nguyen after winning a 2017 MacArthur grant. The immigrant has always been an ambivalent figure in the United States,” writer Viet Thanh Nguyen told the Los Angeles Times last year. “The immigrant has always served as a source of […]

MacArthur fellows for 2017: a tragicomic novelist, an ‘Afropolitan’ painter and more

Writing for the Los Angeles Times, Deborah Vankin builds a profile on Viet Thanh Nguyen, and a few other 2017 MacArthur fellows. The 2017 MacArthur fellows have been revealed, and among the honorees are an experimental opera director, a freewheeling novelist exploring the moral complexities of the Vietnam War, a Nigerian painter mining her “Afropolitan” perspective and […]