Inheriting the War: Laren McClung, lê thi diem thúy, Nick Flynn & Heinz Insu Fenkl

Thursday November 9, 2017
07:00 pm

Tags: Event


In the first of two events exploring literature and conflict to coincide with Veteran’s Day, Laren McClung (Between Here and Monkey Mountain), editor of the new anthology Inheriting the War: Poetry & Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees was joined by three of the contributors to discuss intergenerational effects of the war on both individuals and families. With Heinz Insu Fenkl (Memories of My Ghost Brother), Nick Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City), and lê thi diem thúy (The Gangster We Are All Looking For).



Laren McClung is the author of Between Here and Monkey Mountain (Sheep Meadow Press) and editor of Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees (November 2017, W.W. Norton). She holds an MFA from New York University and an MA from Arcadia University. Her work has appeared in The Harvard Review, The Massachusetts Review, Copper Nickel, The American Reader, Berfrois, PN Review, War, Literature and the Arts, and elsewhere. She has led writing workshops to residents at Goldwater Hospital on Roosevelt Island and to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her awards include fellowships and residencies with Teachers & Writers Collaborative, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and the Oberpfälzer Künstlerhaus in Schwandorf, Germany. McClung is a lecturer in the Expository Writing Program at New York University. She lives in Bucks County, where she is currently Poet Laureate.


lê thi diem thúy is a Vietnamese American poet, novelist, and performer. Le was cited by the New York Times as one of its "Writers On The Verge" shortly before her novel, The Gangster We Are All Looking For, was published by Knopf (2003), to glowing reviews. Her work has appeared in the Massachusetts Review, Harper's Magazine, and the anthology The Very Inside, and among her awards are Fellowships from the Radcliffe and Guggenheim foundations. Her solo performance work includes Red Fiery Summer and The Bodies Between Us, which have been performed throughout the United States at venues including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Vineyard Theater, as well as in Europe.


Heinz Insu Fenkl is a writer, editor, translator, and folklorist. His first novel, Memories of My Ghost Brother, was a Barnes and Noble “Great New Writer” pick and a PEN/Hemingway finalist. He serves on the editorial board of AZALEA: the Journal of Korean Literature & Culture, published by Harvard’s Korea Institute, and is a consulting editor for the renowned translation journal, Words Without Borders. Fenkl is an associate professor of English and Asian Studies at SUNY New Paltz, where he currently teaches creative writing in addition to courses on Asian literature, film, and folklore. His most recent story, “Five Arrows,” was published in The New Yorker.


Nick Flynn is the author of three memoirs, The Reenactments, The Ticking Is the Bomb and Another Bullshit Night in Suck City. He is author of the poetry collections My Feelings, The Captain Asks for a Show of Hands, Blind Huber and Some Ether. He teaches at the University of Houston and lives in New York.