Paul Tran/Lien Nguyen - West Valley City

Oct 10, 2022, 6:00 pm


Paul Tran/Lien Nguyen

Book Title

All the Flowers Kneeling; Eat Real Vietnamese Food


West Valley City

Wasatch Front Region


SLCC Dream Center
West Valley Center
3460 S 5600 W RM 130
West Valley City , UT 84120-1320
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SLCC Food Pantry invites you to our first Books and Bites with Paul Tran.

Visceral and astonishing, Paul Tran’s debut poetry collection All the Flowers Kneeling investigates intergenerational trauma, sexual violence, and U.S. imperialism in order to radically alter our understanding of freedom, power, and control. In poems of desire, gender, bodies, legacies, and imagined futures, Tran’s poems elucidate the complex and harrowing processes of reckoning and recovery, enhanced by innovative poetic forms that mirror the nonlinear emotional and psychological experiences of trauma survivors. At once grand and intimate, commanding and deeply vulnerable, All the Flowers Kneeling revels in rediscovering and reconfiguring the self, and ultimately becomes an essential testament to the human capacity for resilience, endurance, and love.

Paul Tran received their BA in history from Brown University and MFA in poetry from Washington University in St. Louis, where they were the chancellor’s graduate fellow and senior poetry fellow. They have been awarded a 2021 Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize. Currently a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University, Paul’s work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry, and elsewhere.

Eat Real Vietnamese Food presents recipes in two-page spread "story board" format. A full color, mouth watering photo of the finished dish along with an ingredients list and some historical information appears on the left page, and the detailed, illustrated step-by-step directions are found on the right. Ninety recipes are fully presented followed by a two special sections. The first describes in detail the preparation of the various sauces and accompaniments for the dishes, and the second describes in detail the various utensils and ingredients needed for the recipes.

Eat Real Vietnamese Food is a historical document, an attractive coffee table item, and a wonderful recipe book all in one.

- ASL interpretation provided by Sophia Burke.
- Livestream available @utahbookfest on Instagram.
- On site sensory kit. Ask Willy Palomo for one.
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This event is made possible with support from Utah Humanities, SLCC Dream Center, The Spice Kitchen, and Under the Umbrella Bookstore.


Poetry/Cook Book