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Barbara Tran

Barbara Tran is the author of the poetry chapbook In the Mynah Bird's Own Words. Her honors include a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, Bread Loaf Scholarship, Pushcart Prize, and Lannan Foundation Writing Residency. Longlisted for the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize, Barbara is indebted to Hedgebrook for radical hospitality at a crucial time, and to the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council for essential support. In 2020, Barbara’s writing will appear in Bennington Review, Canthius, Cincinnati Review, The New Quarterly, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Born in New York City, Barbara is a dual citizen of the USA and Canada. So Long is her first foray into film.

Blue from a Distance (screencap) - Barbara Tran and Morgan Ommer

Blue from a Distance

Blue from a Distance, 2020
2 mins, 18 secs

A meditation on home/language sickness. All three contributors are Viet Kieu who were raised not speaking the Vietnamese language.

Featured in Thank You No Thank You

So Long (screencap_ - Barbara Tran

So Long

So Long, 2020
1 min, 57 secs

An homage to the poet's father — and to all immigrants — who struggle to find the balance between holding on and letting go. Includes photographs by the poet's father, taken in New York City in the 1960s.

Featured in Thank You No Thank You