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 Presentations / Performances / Poetry Readings / Workshops / Art Exhibitions

2018   2018

Sat, May 26, 3-4 pm

Multi-media Poetry Reading

Mong-Lan will give a multi-media poetry reading that will include poetry, storytelling, music, voice and guitar. She will be reading from her new collection Dusk Aflame: poems & art

River Oaks Bookstore, 3270 Westheimer Rd, Houston, TX 77098



Dusk Aflame: Mong-Lan

Tone of Water in a Half-Filled Glass by Mong-Lan


May 1 - 11, 2018

New York State

Poetry Readings, Poetry Workshops Musical performances,

presenting my new book Dusk Aflame: poems & art (Valiant Press) and

chapbook, Tone of Water in a Half-Filled Glass (Foothills Publishing)

Tuesday, May 1, Noon- 1:00 pm, "Transforming Words . . " Workshop,
Corning, NY
Poets in Play poetry reading-performance, 7:00 pm, Soul Full Cafe, Corning, NY

Wed, May 2, Poetry Workshop, 6:00-8:00 pm,
The Arts Council of the Finger Lakes, Corning, NY

Sat, May 5, Just Poets Workshop, 1:30 - 4:00 pm,
St. John Fisher College, Rochester, NY

Sunday, May 6, Poetry Reading-Performance at Wheeler Hill, 2:00 pm

Monday, May 7, Poetry workshop, 6:00 - 7:00 pm,
followed by Poetry Reading, Colonial Inn, Watkins Glen, NY

Wed, May 9, Benefit Reading for Bath Peace & Justice Group,
7:00 pm, St. Thomas, Bath, NY

Friday, May 11, Poetry reading, 6:30, preceded by potluck.
Pine Hollow Arboretum, Slingerlands, NY, near Albany.


Perfumas de Amor - Mong-Lan


April 18-20

Miami, Florida

I'll be presenting my books, artwork, and new CD, "Perfumas de amor: de Argentina y Viet Nam, Tango por Siempre," at various locations in Miami

Wed, April 18, 9 pm
Tango by the Bay Milonga
7601 East Treasure Drive
North Bay Village, FL 33141 

Mong-Lan USF flyer


April 17, 2018 , 7:00-9:00 pm

Poetry Reading / Performance

Presenting Dusk Aflame: poems & art

University of South Florida
Teco Room
Tampa, Florida 33620

Facebook invite, with map.



December, 2017

Appearing in various shows and events during December
and January 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina


October / November 2017

Appearing in various events, readings, shows in and about Houston,
Austin and San Antonio. Teaching classes - workshops, public and private.

Houston, Austin, San Antonio, Texas, USA


Mong-Lan dance painting


July 7, Friday

Art exibition & book display
La Pichuca Milonga
Ballroom in Boston,
300 Western Avenue (3rd flr).
Boston, Massachusetts

July 8, Saturday

Performance (musical), art exhibition - book display, and tango dance class
Blue Milonga
Avalon Dance & Fitness
345 Trapelo Road, Belmont
Boston, MA




Saturday, May 6, 2017

Poetry Writing Workshop, 2:00-4:00 pm

Power of Voice, Power of Place

Poetry Reading-Performance, 5:00-5:30 pm

Argentine Tango class, 5:45 - 6:45 pm

Art exhibition, Friday - Sat, May 5-6, @ Metropolitan Press

Beyond 21 Celebration

Writer's Garret
125 Majesty Drive
Dallas, Texas 75247

tel: 212-828-1715


La Guagua

La Guagua Community Poetry Festival

Voices and Translations

April 21 & 22, Friday & Saturday

Federal Building, 50 Kearney Square

Lowell, Massachusetts



Mong-Lan on a poetry panel on Saturday from 11:30 - 12:30

"River of Senses: Dream Songs & Tangos." Saturday, 3:30-4:30. One woman's journey from Sai Gon to Buenos Aires via America, Mong-Lan's musical show.

On exhibit, are her paintings and drawings, books and CDs.



Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference

February 8-11

Washington D.C.



Mong-Lan's River of Senses


Mong-Lan presents at Don't Tell Mama in New York City,
Sunday, January 8, 2017,  4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
River of Senses: Dream Songs & Tangos"
—one woman's journey from Saigon to Buenos Aires, via America.

Mong-Lan’s one-woman show starts with her roots in Saigon, and travels through war and discrimination as a refugee in the U.S. She finds the tango, finds the Other through the dance of passion, jealousy, and ardor.  Mong-Lan tells her story through poems, accompanied by jazz piano, guitar, and singing. Projections of her photos and paintings are interspersed throughout. Humorous and cathartic

Don’t Tell Mama, famed iconic club & cabaret: 
343 W. 46th St., New York City. Betw. 8th & 9th on 46th St.; Cash only.
· General admission, $15 + 2 drink minimum
· Reservations 212-757-0788 after 4pm

Mong-Lan show


APAP Conference (Association of Performing Arts Presenters)

January 6-10, 2017

New York Hilton Midtown
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019



Poetry Writing Workshop, 5 - 7 pm Mong-Lan
Join Mong-Lan in an innovative writing workshop which explores the secret inner workings of poetry and the
poetic psyche. To begin, the workshop will engage in close readings of contemporary poets and talk about
strategies employed. Workshop participants will write poems based on prompts and particular strategies
discussed during the class. Poems will be shared and workshopped as to their effectiveness and voice. All-level.
(Price: $30, which includes Reading-Performance. Early registration until Oct 14, 15% off, $25.50)

Reading-Performance, 7 - 8 pm
Join Mong-Lan in an evening of poetry music, and art. She will recite her poetry and play her own soulful
jazz piano. She will also sing tangos, play the guitar, and recite her tango poetry. On display will be her
artwork. (Suggested donation, $8; free for workshop participants)


An Evening of
Poetry, Jazz & Art
with Mong-Lan
Oct 21, 2016, Friday, 7 - 8 pm

5-7 pm, Poetry Writing Workshop

Kaboom Books
3116 Houston Ave, Houston, TX 77009 
(713) 869-7600

Register here, or go to Kaboom Books!

Register for Poetry Writing Workshop, Oct 21, 5-7 pm

PDF of flyer, click here

This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers.

Poets & Writers




Poetry - Dance Workshop - SAN FRANCISCO

Kearny St. Workshop

Poetry - Dance workshops in San Francisco!!

June 19, Sunday, 12 - 2:00 pm

Kearny St. Workshop
Arc Gallery & Studios
1246 Folsom St., San Francisco

Facebook Event Page

Sign up here:



LitQuake Literary Festival, San Francisco

Tuesday, June 14
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Jessie Square, Yerba Buena Gardens

760 Mission St.
San Francisco, CA 94103
United States

Mong-Lan at Kaboom Books


Poetry & Jazz with Mong-Lan
April 16, Saturday, 7pm
Kaboom Books
3116 Houston Ave, Houston, TX · (713) 869-7600

Mong-Lan recites from her poetry and plays live
her own unique soulful jazz piano.


AWP -- Associated Writing Programs

Gaining Perspectives from Both Sides: A Look at WWII, Vietnam, and Korea

How does literature remain conversant with the history of war in Asia? Why does it remain vital and relevant? Seventy years after WWII, and forty years after the fall of Saigon, writers whose work was published in Kyoto Journal and who write out of an awareness of war gather to address questions of war and literature’s ongoing response to it. Four writers, some based outside the United States, speak to Japanese, Korean, and Vietnamese literature in light of history and war and share their poetry and stories.

Gregory Dunne

R.G. Cantaloupo
Teresa Mei Chuc
Kyoko Yoshida


MARCH 31, 2016, Thursday, @ 10:30 a.m.
Room 408 B
Los Angeles Convention Center
Meeting Room Level

1201 S Figueroa St,
Los Angeles, California, 90015 USA

Kyoto Journal



November 14, 2015, Saturday, 1-4 pm,
Jung Center of Houston
5200 Montrose
Houston, TX

Words, Movement, Music & Chance: A New Writing Workshop

Can movement and music enhance your writing? How can you use chance and synchronicity as strategies to inform your writing? Although writing is often thought of as a quiet, solitary, sedentary activity, improvisational movement and active listening can ground us in the present, helping us write more freely and with more invention. In this workshop, we will stretch our bodies, move to music, listen to music and its rhythms, consider chance and synchronicity, and move to expand our imaginations and generate new and interesting creative work. We will do close readings of poetry, fiction, and prose, and create our own work through instructor-led writing exercises.
More details click here
, Jung Center of Houston.



--Sunday, October 18, 2015, 8pm
Venice Beach, CA
feat. Mong Lan, Dave Brinks
Beyond Baroque Literary | Arts Center
681 N. Venice Blvd.
Venice, CA 90291
Ph: 310-822-3006

--Wednesday, October 21, 7pm
San Francisco, CA
The Beat Museum
"A Celebration of Households"
feat. Mong Lan, Dave Brinks, Loren Pickford et al

--Thursday, October 22, 8:00 - 9:00 pm
University of California at Davis
An Evening of Poetry, Music & Tango Dance Performance
Student Community Center, Multipurpose Room

--Friday, October 23, 7pm
San Francisco, CA
The Crow Cabaret
hosted by Cara Vida
"Love Potions & Illuminations"
feat. Mong Lan, Dave Brinks, Loren Pickford et al

--Saturday, October 24
A New Cadence Poetry Series, Santa Cruz, CA
feat. Mong Lan & Dave Brinks

FALL 2015

--Oct 3, 2015, Saturday
Poetry Reading for Public Poetry, Houston Public Library, Robinson-Westchase Branch, Houston, TX.
--Oct 9, 10, Friday, Saturday
Poetry Symposium at Louisiana State Univ
"Avant Gardening & Birds on the Fly: Poetry & Testimony," with important poets, writers and thinkers . .
Dave Brinks, Andrei Codrescu, Marjorie Perloff, Paula Simón (Argentine Fulbrighter), and others, . . . organized by Prof. Adelaide Russo

The Louisiana State University Program in Comparative Literature
Turner Gallery 3rd Floor Shaw Center
LSU Museum of Art 100 Lafayette Street
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801

Mong-Lan Jung Center Workshop











Mong-Lan: One Thousand Minds Brimming



Saturday, April 4, 2015 | 2 PM - Public Poetry Spring Series
Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research, 5300 Caroline, Houston, 77004
Multimedia Poetry Reading, Reading from One Thousand Minds Brimming: Poems & Art, and giving aTango Presentation!

AWP#15, Associated Writing Programs,
Friday, April 10, 2015, 10:30 -11:45 a.m.
Room 200 B&C, Level 2
Minneapolis Convention Center &
Hilton Minneapolis Hotel
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Panel: Mapping New Territories: Diasporic Writers from Regions of Conflict
Description: In last few years, we've seen a rise in global conflicts (The protests in Cairo during Arab Spring & self-immolation of Tibetan monks in China). Diasporic writers, such as Asian & Arab American writers, have had a profound & conflicted response to what's happening in their places of origin. Our panel features four notable writers discussing what “territory” might be, both literally & metaphorically, & what role their work plays in engaging with social & political dynamics across the world.


April 18, Saturday, 11-6 pm

Houston Indie Book Fest / Menilfest!!

Mong-Lan, table #24, East Wall
The Menil Collection
1533 Sul Ross
Houston, TX 77006


April 26, 2015, Sunday, 5pm.
Beyond Baroque
681 Venice Blvd.
Venice Beach, CA 90291

May 7, 2015, Thursday.
Reading with Stephen Kessler, Poetry Flash
Moe's Books
Berkeley, CA


One Thousand Minds Brimming by Mong-Lan

Workshop-- Make the Words Dance:

How to Write with Rhythm and Movement


Mong-Lan Jung Center Does writing have to be a static, silent practice? The cliché involves a writer hunched over her notepad or laptop, toiling alone and nearly motionless for days at a time. But writing always involves movement—the blood in our veins, the breath in our lungs, and the movement through imaginal space and time that is the creative process. It also involves rhythms that are unique to each writer. In this innovative workshop, we will explore how our writing process can be enhanced and expanded through movement and music. We will break our writing down into rhythms, and we will dare to get up from the desk and move as we learn new ways to develop a more meditative, grounded writing practice. No writing experience is necessary.
Recommended reading: The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for Life, Twyla Tharp

Saturday, March 28, 2015

10:00 am - 1:00 p.m.

Sign up now!Jung Center

The Jung Center
5200 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006



Multi-media Poetry Reading

Join Mong-Lan as she recites from her new book, One Thousand Minds Brimming: Poems & Art, to her original recorded piano music, and show slides of her artwork that appear in the book at Brazos Bookstore.

One Thousand Minds Brimming by Mong-Lan

Friday, February 27, 2015

7:00 - 8:00 pm

Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St
Houston, Texas 77005

Free admission



Austin, TX

Sunday, Dec. 21, 2 pm.

Multi-media Poetry Reading from One Thousand Minds Brimming: poems & art

Projection of Mong-Lan's artwork, reading to her original piano music.

One Thousand Minds Brimming by Mong-Lan


Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014, 2 pm.
Malvern Books
613 W. 29th St
Austin, TX 78705

Dec. 20, Tango Workshops by LAN
2:00 pm - Class One: "Secrets of the Tango: Revealed ™ -- Revolutionary Workshops by LAN"
3:45 pm - Class Two: "Concept, Connection, and Technique: Everything you ever wanted to know about the Argentine Tango."
For more info and to register, click here

Saturday, Dec. 20, 9pm
La Milonga de Vance y Vera
Presenting Lan's tango show, tango artwork (& ties) & books
Austin, TX


New Orleans, Louisiana

Tuesday, Nov. 18 -

  • Workshop at NOCCA, New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (ML with Andy Young), 1:15-3:00 pm

Wednesday, Nov. 19 -

  • Workshop at TULANE UNIV (ML with Peter Cooley), 3:00-5:20 pm
  • Workshop at UNIV OF NEW ORLEANS (ML with Carolyn Hembree), 6:00-8:00 pm
  • Poetry Reading at UNIV OF NEW ORLEANS, College of Liberal Arts, Room 201, 8:00 pm (from Mong-Lan's new book, One Thousand Minds Brimming: poems & art.


November 18 - 19, 2014

New Orleans, Louisiana

Univ of New Orleans, Tulane Univ.




Join Mong-Lan in an innovative workshop to open up your
creativity and welcome your inner genius.
October. 18, 2014,
Sat, 1-4 pm

The Jung Center
5200 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, TX 77006

Writing and the Visual Arts: Techniques to Release
Your Inner Genius

Explore different ways of connecting with your inner genius
through writing, drawing, and creating. What and how do you see,
and how does this inform your writing? We will be training the eye
and the hand by drawing a still life and using this as a jumping pad
to write poems. We will explore the world drawn with your hands,
the world that is seen and unseen. Working with automatic writing,
ekphrasis (a literary description of a visual work of art) and other
techniques, we will talk about poetics and generate new ways of
writing. We will unleash the power of the unconscious to create
works that are relevant to our own lives and those of others.


Poetry Reading

August 8, 2014

Multiespacio Korova
Buenos Aires, Argentina



Mong-Lan Tango


El Show: Mong-Lan y Nando Aracena
bailan en La Confitería Ideal
Canta Mong-Lan

18 diciembre, el miércoles, 19 hrs.
Unitango Milonga, Suipacha 384, primer piso, Buenos Aires
La milonga empiece a las 15 hrs.

Mong-Lan & Nando Aracena
dance tango in La Confitería Ideal
Mong-Lan sings the tango . . .

Dec. 18, Wednesday, 7pm.
Unitango Milonga, Suipacha 384, 2nd floor, Buenos Aires.
The milonga begins at 3 pm.


Mong-Lan Tango


November 23, 24, Austin, TX

Performances, art exhibitions

Esquina Tango, etc.






New York City

October 24 - October 31
Please consult for shows, appearances and private lessons

Oct 26, Saturday, Noche Porteña,
organized by Carlos Duarte de Chey
(ex Pierre Dulaine) 25 W 31st St, 4th floor,
(betw Broadway & 5th Ave).
Mong-Lan will show her artwork related to the tango,
books (Tango, Tangoing: Poems, Force of & Art;
Force of the Heart: Tango Art,
& her new CD, "LAN Tango: La Voz de Mong-Lan."

Oct 28, Monday, Ensueño Tango,
at the Ukranian Restaurant, 140 2nd Ave
(between 8th & 9th St), hosted by Tioma, Gayle and Jose.
Mong-Lan will show her artwork related to the tango,
books (Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art;
Force of the Heart: Tango Art,
& her new CD, "LAN Tango: La Voz de Mong-Lan."




Please join the CCSU Creative Writing Department as they host Mong-Lan on Wednesday, October 30th, 2013 in Marcus White Living Room on the campus of CCSU at 3 PM.

CCSU – Marcus White Living Room
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, Connecticut 06050 USA
Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

Free and open to the public.

Mong-Lan & Jorge Moreira


August 1, 2013, Thursday, Divertango La Milonga, Buenos Aires,
Tango dance performance by Jorge Moreira & Mong-Lan.
Mong-Lan will also present her new CD, "LAN Tango: La Voz de Mong-Lan."

September, 16, Monday, Salon Canning, Parakultural, Buenos Aires,
Tango dance performance by Mong-Lan, Jose Menno, Nando.
Mong-Lan will also present her CD, "LAN Tango: La Voz de Mong-Lan."


Video: Mong-Lan sings "Garua" - with her paintings & photos. 2013

  Mong-Lan schedule spring 2013

San Francisco

Mondays, 4/22 & 4/29,
Special Appearance,Booksigning, Artwork
display at Café Cocomo,650 Indiana St., SF

4/26, Friday, Musicality & Technique Tango
Workshop, 7:30 pm - 9 pm, (all level, men
& women) Metronome Dance Collective.
1830 17th St., SF. At La Milonga Azul:
Book signing, Artwork exhibition. Mong-Lan &
David Violet will give a fiery tango dance
performance. Buy advanced tickets.

4/27, Saturday, National Dance Week
Free Intro to Argentine Tango Class
3:00 - 4:15 pm, Metronome, SF

4/27, Saturday, Ladies’ Ultimate Tango Technique
Workshop, 4:30 - 6 pm,
Metronome, SF. Buy advanced tickets. [select SHOP]

4/27, Saturday, Tango Universe, Mong-Lan teaches the pre-milonga class w/ Ashvin.
Dance performance with Ashvin during the Milonga. Lake Merritt Dance Center, Oakland.

4/28, Sunday, Reading from her original poetry and prose (”Love Poem to Ginger / Tofu;” “Tango, Tangoing”
and other recent writing), Eastwind Books of Berkeley, 3pm.


May 3, Reading & Tango Performance at The Writer’s Garret, 7pm, Vitruvian Park, Dallas.

May 4, Writing / Tango Workshop: “Sensations: the Tango of Dance and Poetry” 2-5pm, Dallas.

Houston, until May 11: Private lessons & writing consultation available. Pls consult.

Mid-May until August: Buenos Aires, inquire about private lessons, consultations.







New York City, Shows:

October 17, Wednesday: Triangulo, 135 W 20th St, #301, New York, NY, 10011 (btw 6th and 7th Ave): Tango poetry, artwork, music, dance.

October 13, Saturday: Noche Porteña, Location 25 West 31st Street, 4th floor, NY, NY 10001 (Pierre Dulaine)


NEW YORK CITY, from OCT 8 - OCT 23

performances / workshops / private lessons / group classes, pls consult

October 12, Friday, New York City

Tango Show (Dance & Singing Performance) by Mong-Lan & Co.

Tango Dance Class at 8:30 pm. The class centers on this theme: tango technique for women & men (posture, the embrace, the walk, voleos, ochos, etc) explained in a revolutionary way, tango etiquette (for instance, the cabaceo) and the proper tango attitude of surrender, giving oneself, for women and men.

Tango Lounge Milonga (Org. Tine Herreman), from 9:30 pm.
DanceSport, 22 West 34th Street
New York, NY 10001




“Una Noche de Poesía y Música”
The Spoken Word / The Accordion

con los poetas Mong-Lan y Stephen Page
y el acordeonista Rodger French

Sábado, 29 Septiembre, 19h30
Fundación Ernesto Sabato
Thames 1717, Ciudad de Buenos Aires

Admisión: Gratis
11-4833-6856 /


el sábado, 29 Septiembre, 19h30
Fundación Ernesto Sabato
Thames 1717, Ciudad de Buenos Aires

Vení y compartí con nosotros una noche inolvidable de
poesía y música: la palabra encantada por dos poetas
fascinantes, Mong-Lan y Stephen Page, y un acordeonista
ecléctico y virtuoso, Rodger French. Tres artistas en
Buenos Aires se unen para darles una noche excepcional,
llena de magia y corazón.

Join us for an unforgettable evening of poetry and
music: The enchanted spoken word by two exciting
poets, Mong-Lan and Stephen Page, and an eclectic
virtuoso accordionist, Rodger French. Three artists in
Buenos Aires team together to give you a heartfelt
exceptional evening.



Course at ICANA, Buenos Aires, Sede Centro:icana


Introduction to North American Poetry and the schools of poetry prevalent in the 20th century to the present: The New York School of Poets; the Beat Generation Poets; the Black Mountain School; The Language Poets and Contemporary Poets writing today. We will be doing deep readings of the works of poets from each school and time period. We will discuss their writing techniques and philosophies. Class participants will write their own original poetry, based on the techniques discussed in the class, and give a reading during the last class. The class will be conducted in English, level Int-Adv.

Introducción a la Poesía Norteamericana del Siglo XX hasta el Presente.

Introducción a la la poesía norteamericana y las escuelas más importantes del siglo XX hasta el presente: La Escuela New York de Poetas; los Poetas de la Generación Beat; La Escuela Montaña Negra; Los Poetas del Lenguage; y los poetas contemporáneos escribiendo hoy. Leeremos profudamente las obras de los poetas de cada escuela y período. Discubriremos sus filosofías y sus técnicas de escritura. Alumnos participantes escribirán sus propios poemas, según las técnicas de los poetas tratados. En la úlitma clase, los alumnos leerán en voz alta sus propios poemas. La clase estará dictada en inglés, niveles intermedio – avanzado.  


August / September 2012

Buenos Aires

ICANA, tel: (54 11) 5382-1500.  

Frequency and duration: one class weekly of 1.5 hrs. Total 8 Classes.

Cost: $230 pesos per month, total of 2 months Time and Place: 18:00 – 19:30 hrs, Wednesdays, beginning August 1. Sede Centro, Maipú 672, Capital Federal,






Vietnamese American Literature Conference
Stanford University
Friday, April 27, 2012, 3-4 pm (followed by Q & A)

Mong-Lan will read from recent writing, and will show her photos from Vietnam.

Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa St.,
Stanford, CA 94305-4015

Directions to Stanford, click here
Parking Info, click here


  Mong-Lan Tango

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Mong-Lan presents her new book,
exhibition of new artwork, paintings on canvas.

Tango Class with Mong-Lan & Count Glover, 9 - 10 pm

Sizzling Dance Performance: Mong-Lan & Count Glover

Metronome Dance Collective
1830 17th St.
San Francisco

Mong-Lan Tango

Mong-Lan, dancer, visual
artist, poet, and author of TANGO,

presents her new book,
Also an
exhibition of new artwork,
paintings on canvas.

Join us
April 18 & 26, Thursday
for a book signing!!

The Verdi Club,
2424 Mariposa St. #110,
San Francisco


Mong-Lan Tango


“The Secrets of the Tango, Revealed”:
Saturdays, April 14 and May 5, at Tango Cielo

3710 Main Street, Upstairs, Houston, Texas

All - level tango workshop, 5-7 pm . .

San Francisco
April 18, Wednesday, 8:30 - 9:30 pm
, beg - int.

Impala Restaurant & Lounge
501 Broadway Street
San Francisco, CA

IN my series of workshops, we will work on the quality of tango movement, the embrace of the tango, ochos, giros, voleos, adornments, musicality, the essential tango walk, creativity and improvisation—all of its secrets. In addition, I will share with you philosophy of tango movement, the mechanics of tango, upper body / lower body dissociation, the meditation of tango, the surrender of self in the tango, drawing with your body.
Salon and milonguera style; the Milonga. The complications of the tango. The history of the tango.
Everything you always wanted to know but were afraid to ask! And, of course, everything you can use on the dance floor.

Private lessons also available

For more information, visit: Mong-Lan's Tango Schedule


  Mong-Lan Tango

Vení al esplendor del corazón de Buenos Aires,
volvemos a su belleza histórica, vamos a La Confiteria Ideal!

Come and experience the splendor of Buenos Aires' heart;
relieve the rich historical beauty of its past; come to La Confitería Ideal!

23 March 2012
Unitango Club Milonga

La Confitería Ideal
Suipacha 384, 1 piso
Buenos Aires.
tel 11-4301-3723.

Milonga from 23 hrs.

Mong-Lan presents her new book: Force of the Heart: Tango, Art.


2011   2011

October 14, Friday, 7pm,
Dallas, Texas

Mong-Lan reads her new work / poetry and from Tango, Tangueando

with local poet Christopher Soden

The Writer's Garret
Upstairs at Paperbacks Plus
6115 La Vista Dr.,
Dallas, Texas 75214


October 15, Saturday, 1 - 3:30 pm
Dallas, Texas

Writing Poetry through Dance & Drawing

Break through to your fountain of creativity with Mong-Lan.

Write poetry from your body; dance from the heart; draw from your mind’s eye and from your imagination. Explore different ways of connecting with your inner core through what you see with your eyes, the world drawn with your hands. Unleash writers block through dance & art.

We will be exploring movements from dance and the tango, and writing from what these movements bring to mind. We will be moving alone to music and with a partner. No dancing experience needed! The dance moves are to bring back memories to you, buried memories. What does your body say to you? Are you in touch with your body? What does your mind say when you are going through certain movements? What memories come to mind from the depths of your cells? We will use the dance movements as jumping pads from which to write poems.

Bring your drawing pen/pencil and drawing pad! No drawing experience needed! Now that we have looked inside your body for inspiration, let’s look outside of the body. Have you really looked at the world recently? Have you ever drawn a still life to see what shapes and forms are in front of you? What do you see, and how does this inform your writing? We will be drawing a still life, training the eye and the hand, and using this as a jumping pad to write poems.

The Writer's Garret
Upstairs at Paperbacks Plus
6115 La Vista Dr., Dallas, Texas 75214

Tango, Tangueando por Mong-Lan

October 5, Wednesday 7pm,
New York City

"Mong-Lan's tango was one of the most magical events at my 1st year at AAWW."-- Ken Chen, Executive Director.

Mong-Lan reads from her new writing / poetry based on her residence in Buenos Aires and from her bilingual collection Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art (Tango, Tangueando: Poemas & Dibujos), and will give a sizzling Argentine tango dance performance with Stefan "El Polaco" Zawistowski.

In addition, Josey Foo and Leah Stein will read / perform. Opening the night's festivities will be Shayok Chowdhury, who will read while Nabanita Pal performs a classical Indian dance piece inspired by his poetry.

Asian American Writer's Workshop
110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor,
New York City, New York10001
212.494.0061 tel.

Facebook invitation: click here


Mong-Lan Tango

October 8, Saturday, 5-7 pm
Houston, Texas

The Secrets of the Tango--Revealed, Part 2.
All-level Tango Workshop

River Oaks Pilates Studio
3425 S Shepherd Dr, Ste 200
Houston, Texas 77098

More info click here



Mong-Lan Tango Workshop


September 24, Saturday, 5-7 pm
Houston, Texas

The Secrets of the Tango--Revealed. All-level Tango Workshop

River Oaks Pilates Studio
3425 S Shepherd Dr, Ste 200
Houston, Texas 77098

More info click here


Mong-Lan tango painting

Sin Lágrimas: Pinturas sobre tela por Mong-Lan
Apertura: el lunes, 14 febrero 2011
de las 18:00 – 21:00 hrs
Presentación de pinturas y exhibición de baile
Mong-Lan y Lautaro Peyrelongue bailan a las 19:30 hrs.

La exposición dura: 14 febrero hasta 12 marzo, 2011

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Without Tears: Paintings on canvas by Mong-Lan
Opening: Monday, 14 February 2011, 18:00 hrs - 21:00 hrs
Presentation of paintings and tango exhibition
Lautaro Peyrelongue partners her in the tango at 19:30 hrs.

The painting exhibition lasts from 14 Feb until 12 March, 2011

To read more about the exhibition, click here

RSVP apertura /opening, email:

Tango Escuela Carlos Copello
Anchorena 575 (frente al Shopping Abasto)
Buenos Aires, Argentina
tel: 11-4864-6229  


Mong-Lan Tango

Mong-Lan at St. Paul's

In the dance studio: Mong-Lan's dance students look on as she teaches the painting class,
St. Paul's School, 2011.



January 24 - 27, 2011
St. Paul's School
Concord, New Hampshire, USA
Workshops on tango dance, creative writing, and painting, and fusions in disciplines thereof. Poetry readings, Tango performances during the week.

MONDAY, Jan 24.

A BLOCK: Tango in the Dance Studio

B BLOCK: Creative Writing in the Freeman Center

E BLOCK: Painting in Hargate

BALLET COMPANY: 3.05 - 5 pm in the Dance Studio


A BLOCK: Tango in the Dance Studio

COMMON BLOCK: Mem Hall, poetry reading, art and tango performance

BALLET COMPANY: 3.15 -4.15 pm in the Dance Studio


B BLOCK: Creative Writing in the Freeman Center

E BLOCK: Painting and tango in the Dance Studio

BALLET COMPANY: 1.30 - 3 pm in the Dance Studio

ADULTS' WORKSHOP: 7 - 9 pm in the Dance Studio


E BLOCK: Painting and tango in the Dance Studio

B BLOCK: Creative Writing in the Freeman Center

A BLOCK: Tango in the Dance Studio

BALLET COMPANY: 3.15 - 4.15 pm in the Dance Studio



Sunday, September 12, 2010, 1-4 PM

Writing Poetry through Dance & Drawing

Break through to your fountain of creativity with Mong-Lan.

@ The Asian American Writer's Workshop
110 West 27th Street, 6th Floor
Between 6th and 7th Avenues
New York City

Write poetry from your body; dance from the heart; draw from your mind’s eye and from your imagination. Explore different ways of connecting with your inner core through what you see with your eyes, the world drawn with your hands. Unleash writers block through dance & art.

More information here



Painting by Mong-Lan

"Fountain of Tango," acrylic on canvas, 100cm x 100cm

Mong-Lan (“Sueño de Orquídea”) otra vez nos ofrece su mundo del tango, lleno de pasión, en sus pinturas sobre tela: el mundo interior de los sueños y las emociones poderosas; y el mundo exterior del movimiento, el canto y el baile. Nacida en Vietnam, pintora estadounidense, Mong-Lan captura el alma profunda del tango en sus obras sobre tela. Los bailarines se mueven por el espacio, en el espacio físico del piso y de la tela; y al mismo tiempo, el espacio emocional del corazón. Su exposición muestra el mundo interior abstracto, del deseo, el amor, la pasión, los celos, la injusticia, a través de colores intensos. Rojos, naranjas, amarillos, azules fuertes, dominan sus pinturas grandes. Su dexteridad con pincel y tinta evoca la técnica de los grandes maestros de caligrafía de Asia. También es poeta y escritora, ha publicado al menos cuatro libros, el último de los cuales se llama Tango, Tangueando: Poemas & Dibujos, en edición bilingüe, español-inglés. También es bailarina y profesora de tango argentino.


July 7 - August 25, 2010

Tango's Pulse--Figures & Abstractions: Paintings on Canvas
(El Pulso del Tango--Figuras & Abstraciones: Pinturas sobre tela)

Opening Reception: July 14, Wednesday, 11pm
(Inauguración: 14 Julio, miércoles, 23 hrs.)

July 7 - August 25, 2010
(7 Julio - 25 Agosto, 2010)

La Garufa Milonga, Ciudad Cultural Konex
Sarmiento 3131
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel: (5411) 4864.3200

Mong-Lan (“Dream Orchid”) once again brings us her world of the tango, full of passion, on canvas: the interior world of dreams and powerful emotions and the exterior world of movement, song and dance. Born in Vietnam, American painter Mong-Lan captures the profound soul of tango on canvas. Dancers move through space, the physical space of the dance floor and the canvas as well as the heart’s emotional space. Half of her large canvases depict the abstract interior world of desire, of love, passion, injustice, jealousy, pain, and the intense color clothe it. Strong reds, oranges, yellows, blues, dominate the work. Her canvases are large, each piece measuring one meter at the longest side. Her brushwork of dancers resonates with the master calligraphic brushwork of Asia. Mong-Lan is also a poet and writer, with at least four books to her name, the most recent, Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art (Tango, Tangueando: Poemas & Dibujos: la edición bilingüe). She is also a dancer and teacher of Argentine tango.



August 18, 2010, Wednesday

Dramatic recital from Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art (Tango, Tangueando: Poesía & Dibujos) and dance performance.

La Garufa Zona Milonga
Ciudad Cultural Konex
Sarmiento 3131
Buenos Aires, Argentina



August 6, 2010, Friday, after midnight.

Reading from Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art (Tango, Tangueando: Poesía & Dibujos). Images of her artwork and drawings will be projected on the walls.

Canning, La Milonga
Scalabrini Ortiz 1331
Buenos Aires, Argentina



May 27, 2010
6:30 pm

Conference / Round table
Asian Pacific Heritage Month
Multiculturalism in the USA
Maipu 672
Buenos Aires, Argentina



April 21-23, 2010

Reading and Class visits
University of the Pacific
Stockton, California

Readings and Appearances in San Francisco:

Cocomo, April 25, 10pm.

Tango Revelation, April 25, 8pm

Cellspace, April 28, 9pm.



August 27, 2009, 21:00

Mong-Lan, featured poet
Sociedad Argentina de Escritores, S.A.D.E., (Argentine Society of Writers)
Uruguay 1371, piso 3
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mong-Lan drawing

May 3, Sunday, 5pm
May 9, Saturday, 4pm

Mong-Lan will read from Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art in Spanish and English. She will also show slides of her tango art.

American Embassy Stand, Yellow Pavilion

35th International Buenos Aires Book Fair
35th Internacional Feria del Libro de Buenos Aires

La Rural, Buenos Aires, Argentina


  Mong-Lan photo

"The Eternal Night, Tango in Buenos Aires: Paintings & Photography"

When: March 31, Tuesday, 8:30 - 11:00 pm.

Where: At Salento, 2407 Rice Blvd, Houston, TX, 77005, in the Rice Village.

Art Reception / Wine-tasting / Dance

Mong-Lan, painter, photographer, writer, poet and Argentine tango dancer/teacher
will show her latest artworks on canvas and paper inspired by the tango. She will
also show photography taken in the tango dance salons of Buenos Aires.

At the reception, Mong-Lan will dance Argentine tango with the renowned
Pampa Cortés, part of the original cast of "Forever Tango."

Reservation necessary. Contact:

Hope to see you there! My artwork will be exhibited for one night only.
It should be a fun night of wine-tasting, art and dance.

  Mong-Lan, "The Passion of Tango through Art"

The Passion of Tango through Drawings & Photography Exhibition:

March 12 - April 10, 2009

Opening Reception: Friday, March 20, 2009
8:00-9:30 pm
Poetry Reading by Mong-Lan

Where: Té House of Tea
1927 Fairview St., Houston, TX 77019

Please RSVP:
Wine, snacks

The show consists of my recent artwork which has for its focus the Argentine tango: my works on paper with Japanese brush and ink, and photos of tango dancers. I've taken photos of tango dancers in over 4 continents and numerous countries and cities, and am happy to show you some photos I took while here in Houston.

View Artist's Statement / Art Bio

  Mong-Lan Reading, Argentine Ambassador's Residence, Bangkok

November 29, Saturday, 2008, 6pm

Multi-media Poetry Reading from Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art, sponsored by the Argentine Embassy

Tango Dancing, Music and Empanadas

Argentine Ambassador
Felipe Frydman’s Residence
134 Vithoom, Soi 49, Sukhumvit
Bangkok, Thailand



November 24, Monday, 2008, 6:00-9:00 pm

Talk and Reading
Thammasat University
The English Department
2 Prachan Road
Bangkok, Thailand
+66 86 897 9401


November 10, Monday, 2008

University of California at Riverside
Multi-media reading/performance from Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art



November 8, Saturday, 2008, 7:00-9:00 pm
San Francisco International Poetry Festival
Vietnamese Poets of the Diaspora
Fort Mason Conference Center
Golden Gate Room
San Francisco, California

Reception, 9:00 pm
Book Bay Fort Mason, Building C, Room 165, 415-771-1076

For more information, contact:
Isabelle Thuy Pelaud (DVAN):
Byron Spooner (Friends of the Library):

Reading sponsored by DVAN (Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network). Mong-Lan will read her poems with other Vietnamese-American writers as follows: Bao Phi, le thi diem thuy, Linh Dinh, Truong Tran, Hoa Nguyen and Nguyen Do



November 3, Monday, 2008, 7:00 pm

Menlo College
Student Union, Fireside Lounge
1000 El Camino Real
Atherton, California 94027

Multi-media reading/performance from Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art



October 26, Sunday, 2008
Poetry reading from Mong-Lan's latest book, Tango, Tangoing, and Slideshow of her Tango Art

Little Saigon Radio Station
7080 SW Freeway
Houston, TX 77074
Phone: (713) 271-7888



October 24 / 25, Friday, Saturday, 2008

Reading/Performance from Tangoing, Tangoing: Poems & Art, Oct. 24
Writing Workshop, Oct. 25, 1:00 - 4:00 pm.

Writing from Loss, Writing from Joy:  Tapping into Your Inner Source.

Write from what gives you passion. Release your pent up energies into your writing. We will work on tapping into your rich inner source, your rich inner life, whether it is from your wounded inner child, your buried subconscious or from your sage visionary self.  There is a great writer in you wanting to break free.  We will work from a sense of craft, whether it is poetry, prose or fiction, using as examples great works of literature.  We will pay attention to craft, language and voice. 

The Writer's Garret
6115 La Vista Dr. Dallas 75214
Dallas, Texas
tel: 214-828-1715


October 2, Thursday, 2008, 7:00 pm

FREE. "THE PASSION OF TANGO THROUGH POETRY, ART & DANCE"  Asian American Writer's Workshop, 16 West 32nd Street, Suite 10 A, between Fifth Ave and Broadway.  Subway: N, R, Q, W, F, B, D, V, 1, 2, 3, 9 trains to 34th Street; 4, 5, 6 trains to 33rd Street.  The Vietnamese-American poet, artist and dancer, Mong-Lan will give a multi-media reading/performance from her latest book, Tango, Tangoing: Poems & Art and will give a Tango performance with Stefan Zawistowski.
Asian American Writer's Workshop
16 West 32nd Street, Suite 10A
New York, NY 10001
(p) 212.494.0061



May 11-December, 2008
Tango Art Exhibition, Paintings & Photographs
One Person Show
11 May-11 June (Opening, 11 May)
345 Riobamba, Porteño y Bailarín (Milonga, Tuesdays & Sundays from 10:30 to 4:00 a.m.), opens after 8 pm. for classes everyday.

Buenos Aires, Argentina

May 2008


May 10, Saturday , 2008, 8:00 pm- 8:30 pm
Poetry Reading & Talk
El Stand de la Embajada de los EE.UU.
Buenos Aires Book Fair
Buenos Aires, Argentina



May 3, 2008, 2:00 pm
Poetry Reading

Hartford Public Library
Hartford, Connecticut
Reading launching new anthology from W.W. Norton: Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond.



May 2, 2008, 10:00 am
Poetry Reading / Panel

Central Connecticut State University
1615 Stanley Street
New Britain, Connecticut
Reading/Panel launching new anthology from W.W. Norton: Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond. 



May 1, 2008, 1:00-2:30 pm
Poetry Reading

PEN World Voices Festival of International Literature
CUNY Segal Theater
New York City
Reading launching new anthology from W.W. Norton: Language for a New Century: Contemporary Poetry from the Middle East, Asia, and Beyond. 

April 2008


April 25, 2008, Friday, 8:00 pm- 8:30 pm
Poetry Reading & Talk
El Stand de la Embajada de los EE.UU.
Buenos Aires Book Fair
Buenos Aires, Argentina



April 8 - 22, 2008
Mong-Lan exhibits her tango pen & ink drawings, tango ties and tango photos.
8th Festival Tango Arte
Opening, April 8, 2008, 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
Espacio 10 Art Gallery
Guatemala 4757, Palermo. Tel: 4831-0520. Cp (1425)
Bs.As. Argentina.
Horario a partir de Marzo: Lunes a viernes de 14 a 20 hs. Sábados de 15 a
19 hs.

January - February 2008


January 30 - February 2008
Associated Writing Programs Conference & Bookfair, New York City
Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry /Reading / Panel

Saturday, February, 1:30 - 2:45 pm
Clinton Suite Hilton, 2nd Floor S158A.
(Paul Hoover, Nguyen Do, Mong Lan, Truong Tran, Hoa Nguyen)
The reading focuses on the anthology, Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry, edited and translated by Nguyen Do and Paul Hoover (Milkweed Editions, 2008). Featuring twenty-one poets, five of whom are Vietnamese-American, the work included reveals an innovative aspect of Vietnamese poetry that has gone unrecognized. Panel participants are contributors to that volume.


  December 2007


December 13, 2007
Thursday, 8:00 - 9:00 pm, Poetry Reading,
Art Exhibition of Pen & Ink Drawings
Bangkok, Thailand

Mong-Lan will be reading from her newest book, Love Poem to Tofu & Other Poems.
Tamarind Café
27 Sukhumvit Soi 20, 300 m < Sukhumvit Rd
BTS Asoke EXIT 4: 15 min or MRT Sukhumvit
EXIT 2: 15 min 
Tel: 0 2663 7421
E: tamarind_café

  October - November 2007


October 31 - November 2, 2007, Lectures on Asian-American Literature
sponsored by the U.S. Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, at the
following Universities:

Oct. 31, 9:00 - 11:30 am
University of Social Sciences & Humanities
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

14:00, Nong Lam University,
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Nov. 1, 14:00,
An Giang University,
Mekong Delta, Long Xuyen City, Vietnam

Nov. 2, 9:00 am,
Can Tho University,
Mekong Delta, Can Tho, Vietnam


  October 2007

October 22, Talk and Poetry Reading
Landstuhl American School, Elementary and Middle School,
Landstuhl, Germany

Kaiserslautern American Newspaper which notes the talk/poetry reading



August 23-30, 2007
Utan Kayu Literary Biennale
Jakarta, Magelang, Borobudur, Indonesia




June 21, 2007, Thursday
Poetry Reading & Talk, 17:30-19:00

Sophia University
L-912 Central Library
Tokyo, Japan
Admission: Free
For campus map, click here

Co-sponsored by the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo
U.S. Embassy in Tokyo Page which notes the talk/reading.



May 13 - 27, 2007

Painting Exhibition and Poetry Reading
Seoul, South Korea




May 11, 2007, 6:00 pm

Maryland Presents:
An Evening of Poetry & Art with Mong-Lan
Poetry Reading and Art Slideshow Presentation
University of Maryland University College, Asian Division
Dragon Hill Lodge, Pagoda Room
Seoul, South Korea



February 5, 2007
Monday, 4 - 5:30 pm.
Poetry Reading and Art Presentation
Center for Talented Youth (CTY)
Johns Hopkins University
Mt. Washington Conference Center
5801 Smith Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21209



Interviews of Mong-Lan

  • Nha Magazine, (California) Summer, 2007. (not online)
  •, February 2005. (not online)

  • University of Maryland University College, FYI Online, November, 2002:  Mong-Lan's Artistic Career. (not online)



  •  The Interview Hour, September 2001, not online.

  • Vietnam Horizons, Radio Channel 1430 AM, KVVN. Radio interview by Minh Le, July 14, 2001, not online.



Background drawing of Ha Tien, Vietnam, by Mong-Lan 1996


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