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Ocean Vuong

Friday, June 9, 2023
7:30pm Pacific Time
KQED Broadcast: 08/06/2023

This event appeared in the series
Cultural Studies

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Ocean Vuong‘s exquisitely crafted poetry and prose ask perennial and pressing questions about race, masculinity, addiction, trauma, and courage. His beloved novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, for which he recently finished writing the screenplay, tells the story of a queer Vietnamese refugee coming of age against the backdrop of violence, poverty, and addiction. Vuong is the author of the poetry collections Night Sky with Exit Wounds and his newest, Time is a Mother, “full of concentrated, kaleidoscopic riffs on the feelings and sounds, the delirious highs and darkest lows, that make up contemporary life” (The New Yorker).

Mike Mills is a filmmaker, graphic designer, and artist best known for the films Beginners20th Century Women, and most recently C’mon C’mon. 

Orchestra tickets ($49) include a paperback copy of Time is a Mother.

City Arts & Lectures’ Covid protocol follows San Francisco Department of Public Health guidelines and/or requirements of the featured guests. At this time, masks are encouraged but not required. Policy subject to change.