Barbara Tran

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Barbara Tran (1968) is a poet.


Born in New York City, she earned her B.A. from New York University and her M.F.A. from Columbia University. She coedited the anthology Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry and Prose (Asian American Writers' Workshop, 1998) and guest edited Viet Nam: Beyond the Frame, a special issue of Michigan Quarterly Review (Fall 2004).

Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Women's Review of Books, and The New Yorker. She is currently at work on a second poetry collection and a novel.

She has won a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency, Bread Loaf Writers' Conference Scholarship, MacDowell Colony Gerald Freund Fellowship, and Pushcart Prize. Her first commercially published poetry collection, In the Mynah Bird's Own Words (Tupelo Press, 2002), was selected as a PEN Open Book Award finalist.

She is featured in film-maker Yunah Hong's documentary Between the Lines: Asian American Women's Poetry Like the poet Vicki Hearne, she trains dogs.

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