Writers Read Series welcomes poet and author Paul Tran April 14

  • Paul Tran debut's "All the Flowers Kneeling"

    Paul Tran debut's "All the Flowers Kneeling"

Updated 4/4/2022 10:44 PM

The College of DuPage Writers Read Series welcomes poet and author Paul Tran to discuss their book of poetry, "All the Flowers Kneeling," at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, via Zoom.

The event is free and open to the public, and will be moderated by COD English Professor Jason Snart.


Tran's debut poetry collection is a study on the physical, emotional and psychological transformations that occur after being the victim of interpersonal abuse and imperial violence. "All the Flowers Kneeling" is a study of these themes and aims to change our perceptions of freedom, power and control through innovative and nonlinear poetic forms.

Tran's work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, "Best American Poetry," and the Lionsgate movie "Love Beats Rhymes" with Azealia Banks, Common and Jill Scott. A recipient of the Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, as well as fellowships from the Poetry Foundation and National Endowment for the Arts, Tran" is a Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University.

Some of Tran's many awards include being the first Asian American since 1993, and first transgender poet ever, to win the Nuyorican Poets Café Grand Slam. They also placed top 10 at the Individual World Poetry Slam and second at the National Poetry Slam. Tran is a two-time winner of the Rustbelt Poetry Slam and has served as poet-in-residence at Urban Word NYC. They are currently poetry editor at The Offing magazine.

Registration is required at info.cod.edu/writersreadseries2022.

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