About Me

I was born in central Vietnam, grew up in the northeastern US, and now live in Honolulu. I hold a BA in creative writing from Hamilton College and a PhD in English from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. I am a recipient of the George A. Watrous Literary Prize for Fiction, the Myrle Clark Writing Award, and the John Young Scholarship in the Arts. My debut novel, Fire Summer, is a revision of my dissertation, part of which appeared in Lost Lake Folk Opera in commemoration of the fortieth anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. Outside of teaching, I find deep satisfaction caring for a patch of land beneath the Koʻolau Range and writing my second novel, Heaven in a Wildflower, a love story between a night telescope operator seeking the universe’s origin and a pentimento looking for her referent. My work is represented by the Jennifer Lyons Literary Agency.