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Books by Mong-Lan,

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Love Poem to Tofu & Other Poems, Poetry & Calligraphic Art, Valiant Press, September, 2007 ( ISBN: 978-0-6151-4656-0)

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"Love Poem to Tofu & Other Poems" by Mong-Lan


Why is the Edge Always Windy?, Tupelo Press, November 2005. 


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Song of the Cicadas, University of Massachusetts Press, May 2001.    (ISBN: 1558493077)


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Book Jacket: "Song of the Cicadas" by Mong-Lan



Journal and Anthology (selected)


  • “Love Poem to Sesame Seeds”; “Quick Question”/ Mong-Lan
    Publisher:  The Margins, (Asian American Writer’s Workshop),
    Publication Date/ Volume-Issue:  July 7, 2015
  • “Memory a distinct black hole”; “Night the high seas”; “Shrapnel in Heart”: “The Other”; “Navigation”/ Mong-Lan
    Publisher: Drunken Boat, Online Literary Journal:
    Publication Date/ Volume-Issue:  2014
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  • “Flight” / Mong-Lan
    Publisher: North American Review, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa
    Publication Date/ Volume-Issue: Spring 2013/ Vol. 298 No. 2
    ISSN: 0029-2397
  • “Love poem to N??c M?m”; “Love poem to Lemons”;
    “Love poem to Leeks”; “The Bodywasher” / Mong-Lan
    Publisher: The Asian American Literary Review, c/o Gerald Maa, 6243 Adobe Circle,
    Irvine, CA 92617,
    Publication Date/ Volume-Issue: 2010/ Vol. 1 Issue 1
    ISSN: 2153-1269
  • “Love poem to Soto”/ Mong-Lan
    Publisher: Cerise Press, online journal,
    Publication Date/ Volume-Issue: Summer 2010 / Issue 4
    ISSN 1946-5262
  • “Love Poem to Ginger;” “Love Poem to Onion;” “Love Poem to Basil;”
    “Love Poem to Garlic” / Mong-Lan
    Publisher: World Literature Today, University of Oklahoma, 630 Parrington Oval, Suite
    110, Norman, OK 73019-4037,
    Publication Date/ Volume-Issue: January/2009/ Vol. 83, No.1
    ISSN: B00006L2KR
  • Title/Author: “Upon Seeing Marcel Marceau in Buenos Aires;” “Seoul Snow;”/ Mong-
    Publisher: The Seattle Review, P.O. Box 354330 University of Washington Seattle, WA
    Publication Date/ Volume-Issue: Vol. 2, No.1, 2009
    ISSN: B00006KWIH
  • “Sentient Figure”/ Mong-Lan
    Publisher: Drunken Boat, Online Literary Journal:
    Publication Date/ Volume-Issue: Spring 2009
  • “Love Poem Cherry Blossoms” / Mong-Lan
    Publisher: Bayou Magazine, Department of English
    University of New Orleans, 2000 Lakeshore Drive, New Orleans, LA 70148
    Publication Date/ Volume-Issue: 2009, Issue 51
    ISSN: 1608011097
  • Force Majeure, Anthology of Writers participating in the Utan Kayu Biennale Literary Festival, Galageng Gallery, Indonesia, 2007
  • “Love Poem to Shitake Mushroom,” “Love Poem to Broccoli,” “Love Poem to Green Tea,” Cimarron Review, Spring 2007.
  • "A bird of laughing feathers," Pleiades, 2007
  • "Proof," Seneca Review, Winter 2006.
  • "Love Poem to Spinach," Colorado Review, 2006.
  • “Love Poem to Banh Cuon,” “Love Poem to Bun Rieu,” “Love Poem to Spinach,” Da Mau, , Summer, Fall, 2006.
  • From "Argentine Tango: Observations While Dancing (Part 4)," Coconut Five , , Summer 2006.
  • "Tangoing," North American Review, 2005.
  • “Bangkok: City Streets”; “Bangkok: Royalty,” The Kenyon Review, fall 2005.
  • “Argentine Tango (Parts 1 & 2)," Pleiades, fall 2005.
  • “Love Poem to Tofu,” East West Woman, March 2005. 
  • "Love Poem to Tofu," "A Bamboo Stick," Nhip Song, 2005.
  • “Bangkok [neon lights],” The Antioch Review, Winter 2004-2005.
  • “Leblon-Ipanema-Copacabana”; “Mountain Mysticism,” Constellation, Winter 2004-2005.
  • "Milonga—A Seismology (Part 10),” Pleiades, Fall 2004.
  • "overhearing water"; “daguerreotype of sleep”; "field"; "letters"; "Ravine".  Asian American Anthology—The Next Generation,
    edited by Victoria Chang, University of Illinois Press, 2004.
  • “Argentine Tango,” (Part 3), Volt, January, 2004.
  • "Milonga—A Seismology (Part 15, pgs 28-29)," SOLO Magazine, Winter 2003.
  • "Milonga—A Seismology (pages 1-6)," New American Writing, May, June, 2003.
  • “rush hour,”  Amerasia Journal, Summer, 2003.


“tree” and “untitled” included in Vietnamese History Lessons Curriculum (high school) in California,
and the curriculum posted on the Teach Tolerance website., Fall, 2003.

“Love Poem to Café au Lait” and “Love Poem to Red Chili Peppers,” Nha Magazine, Sept 2003.


“love poem to thick rice noodles,” Artful Dodge, Summer, 2003.


Milonga—A Seismology (page 14)," The Colorado Review, 2003.


“the dog” University of Maryland University College Communications Newsletter, Spring 2003.


"coyote," Verse, Winter 2002.


"Trail," Best American Poetry 2002, (Cloth edition), Scribner, Sept. 2002. (reprint from jubiliat).


"why is the edge always windy?,"  The Kenyon Review, Summer / Fall, 2002.


"The Gioi Ngoc Xanh"; "Hang Dong Vinh Ha Long"; "Sa Dec Doi Am." Hop Luu, August 2002.


"ventriloquist," (reprint) & "Birthing the 'ventriloquist,'" Women's Review of Books, July 2002.

"ventriloquist,"  Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, Summer, 2002.


“of firebrush, volatile salt,” SOLO Magazine, 2002.

“Accordion,” Phoebe, Fall 2001.                                                                                    

"daguerreotype of sleep" and "overhearing water," CutBank, Fall 2001.


"on the art of discussion," Seneca Review, Fall 2001.


“Cat, Ruoi, & Ca,” Viet (Australia), Summer 2001.


“Three-Auricled Heart,” New American Writing, Spring 2001.

“out of order” and “elegy,” Fence, Spring 2001.

“on the 22 bus going home,” Quarterly West, October 2000.

“in the instant,” ACM, Another Chicago Magazine, Fall, 2000.

Trail,” jubilat, Fall / Winter, 2000.

“emerald world,” Berkeley Poetry Review, 25th Anniversary Issue, 2000.

“Gravity,” Fourteen Hills, May 2000.

“embarkment,” The North American Review, May / June 2000.

“Hunger” and “Twilight,” Pleiades, Spring, 2000. 

“Song of the Cicadas,” Pleiades, Winter, 2000.

“An Interview with Robert Creeley,” The Poetry Center Newsletter, University of
  Arizona, Fall, 1999.

The Pushcart Prize Anthology XXIV, “Sand, Flies & Fish,” October 1999-2000.

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“a tractor,” “footsteps,” and “the taste,” Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, Winter, 1999.

“Ravine,” “Grotto,” and “Field,” The Kenyon Review, Summer / Fall, 1999.

“A New Vietnam” and “Letters,” Five Fingers Review, Summer, 1999.

“Things Human,” The Iowa Review, Spring, 1999.

“Coast,” Seneca Review, Spring, 1999.

“Sand, Flies, & Fish,” Quarterly West, Fall / Winter, 1998-1999.

“Three-Letter Word” and “Tombstones,” From Both Sides Now: The Vietnam War and its Aftermath in Poetry, Ed. Phillip Mahony.  New York:  Scribner, 1998.

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“Sounding Sa Dec,”  “The Long Bien Bridge,” and “Golden Gate,” Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry & Prose, Eds. Truong and Tran.  New York:  Asian American Writers' Workshop, 1998.

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“Silence of Form,” Making More Waves: New Writing by Asian American Women.  Eds. Kim, Villanueva, et al.  Boston:  Beacon Press, 1997.

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“Tombstones," The Vietnam Review, Vol 2, Spring / Summer, 1997.

“Untitled” and “Wind,” Once Upon a Dream: The Vietnamese-American Experience, Eds. Tran, De, et al.  Kansas City:  Andrews and McMeel, 1995.

Background drawing of beach at Buchillon, Switzerland, by Mong-Lan. August 2000.

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