Nguyen Phan Que Mai

Nguyen Phan Que Mai was born in a small village in the North of Vietnam in 1973, and embraces the full range of Vietnamese traditions in her creative works. She is the author of three poetry collections and translator of six poetry books. Nguyen’s literary awards include the Poetry of the Year Award from the Hanoi Writers Association, for her collection Freeing Myself (2010); First Prize of the “Poetry about Hanoi 2008-2010” competition from the Vietnam’s Literature Newspaper and the Hanoi Radio & Television (a competition which attracted over 20,000 entries from inside and outside Vietnam); the Capital’s Literature & Arts Award of 2010 from the Hanoi Union of Literature & Arts Associations, and the Award from the Vietnam Writers Association for Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of Vietnamese Literature Overseas. Her poems have been translated and published in English, Spanish, Bahasa Indonesian, Chinese, and Uzbek. Nguyen is the Honorary Fellow in Writing of Hong Kong Baptist University and was a visiting writer of Hong Kong Baptist University’s International Writers Workshop in 2012. She was also the Distinguished Asian Writer and Guest Panelist of the Silliman University’s 51st National Writers Workshop, Philippines (2012). Her poems have been featured at major international poetry festivals including the First Asia-Pacific Poetry Festival, and the Qinghai International Poetry Festival as well as the International Poetry Festival of Medellin, Colombia.