Viet Thanh Nguyen
Fellow: Awarded 2017
Field of Study: Fiction
Competition: US & Canada
Viet Thanh Nguyen is the Aerol Arnold Chair of English and Professor of American Studies and Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. His novel The Sympathizer is a New York Times best seller and won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Other honors for The Sympathizer include the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the Edgar Award for Best First Novel from the Mystery Writers of America, the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction from the American Library Association, the First Novel Prize from the Center for Fiction, a Gold Medal in First Fiction from the California Book Awards, and the Asian/Pacific American Literature Award from the Asian/Pacific American Librarian Association.
Viet Thanh Nguyen is also the author of Nothing Ever Dies: Vietnam and the Memory of War, a finalist for the National Book Award in nonfiction and the National Book Critics Circle Award in General Nonfiction, as well as the recipient of the John G. Cawelti Award for Best Textbook/Primer from the Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association and the Réné Wellek Prize for the Best Book in Comparative Literature from the American Comparative Literature Association. Previously he wrote the nonfiction book Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. His most recent book is the short story collection, The Refugees.