I’m pleased to announce the publication of Sống Chung với Mệ in the 2015 issue of Đặc San Văn Lang Boston. This piece is my translation to Vietnamese of my essay Life with Mệ, which appeared in the 2012 Writers Abroad anthology, Foreign Encounters.
Life with Mệ, a piece from the collection I’m currently working on, is a reflection on living with my Vietnamese Grandmother-in-law in Huế, in Central Việt Nam. (That’s not her image in the magazine; the editors chose a stock photo.) Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of sharing this story with a small crowd at the opening ceremonies for the Pointe Claire Public Library’s 50th anniversary celebration. Mệ (Grandmother) told me she feels a little embarrassed but pleased to know that so many people have read about her.
Đặc San Văn Lang Boston is a special issue celebrating the seventeenth year of the Văn Lang Boston Vietnamese Language Center (Trung Tâm Việt Ngữ Văn Lang Boston). The volunteer teachers at the centre offer language programs with the goal of preserving the Vietnamese language and culture for Vietnamese American children in the Boston area.
My thanks goes to the director of Văn Lang Boston for the invitation to contribute an essay to this special issue, and to the previous one (2012) as well. It is an honour to do so. Thanks, Hiếu!
I’m also honoured to have Creative Nonfiction Magazine choose two recent mini essays for publication. A #cnftweet about my father appeared in the micro-essay section of the May newsletter. (Scroll down about 2/3 to read the winners.)
Another one, about vegetables, appears in the Tiny Truths section of issue #55, the Memoir Issue (Spring 2015). You might like to hurry over and grab one of the last few copies of this special double issue before they sell out.
Also in the #cnftweet department, Vivian Wagner’s latest article for Easy Street Magazine features an old one of mine that appeared in Creative Nonfiction’s The Human Face of Sustainability issue (Spring 2014). Vivian has also quoted a #cnftweet by Anika Fardjo, whose micro-essays consistently please me. Have a look at Vivian’s article, Short-Short-Short Stories: A Look at the #cnftweet World.
If you can tell a true story well in 140 characters, tag it #cnftweet to enter Creative Nonfiction Magazine’s daily micro-essay Twitter contest. If the @cnfonline folks like it, they’ll favourite and retweet it, and maybe even publish it in the newsletter or magazine. Note that the character limit includes the tag.
In older news, I was quite chuffed when Slow Writing, a craft essay I wrote for QWF Writes, was a WordPress editors’ pick featured on Freshly Pressed. The steady flow of readers and commenters, most of them writers at various stages in their careers, amazed me, and the comments were a pleasure to read. One person said “I almost feel like I just attended a support group for writers”. I took this to mean not only the essay but the many thoughtful, insightful comments too. The feedback from readers and other writers is one of the best parts of writing.