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Nam Le

Nam Le is the author of 36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem, On David Malouf and The Boat. He lives in Melbourne.

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Nam Le is a writer based in Melbourne. His work encompasses fiction, non-fiction, poetry and screen, and is widely translated, anthologised and taught.

Le’s first book, The Boat, was translated into fourteen languages and won more than a dozen prizes internationally, including the PEN/Malamud Award, the Dylan Thomas Prize, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award, the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award and the Melbourne Prize. New York magazine named it the year’s best debut and it was noted for year-end honours by over thirty venues around the world. The Boat has been republished as a modern classic, and its stories widely anthologised, adapted and taught on high school and university syllabuses.

Le’s second book, On David Malouf, was published as part of Black Inc’s ‘Writers on Writers’ series. It was excerpted in Granta, Paris Review, The Monthly and Lit Hub, the last of which declared that the book ‘feels like a way in to a better conversation about race, representation, otherness, and belonging in the literary world’.

36 Ways of Writing a Vietnamese Poem is Nam’s debut book of poetry. Poems from it have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Paris Review, Yale Review, BOMB, Granta, HEAT, Lana Turner and elsewhere.

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