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Presentations / Performances / Poetry Readings / Workshops / Art Exhibitions




2022 2022
Arrabal de Tango: Tango por Siempre

October 14, 2022, Friday

Arrabal de Tango: Tango por Siempre. Musical and artistic presentation, voice & guitar, during the milonga:

I will be singing tangos with my guitar, and also will have there my tango artwork, my books on the tango, and my tango albums, Arrabal de Tango and Perfumas de Amor: Tango por Siempre. Come!

Esquina Tango, Milonga
209 Pedernales St.
Austin, TX 78702

(512) 524-2772



August 26, 2022

26 agosto, viernes

One Woman Musical Show, vocals and guitar - cortinas

Milonga Parakultural
Salón Canning
Scalabrini Ortiz 1331
Buenos Aires, CABA

Arrabal de Tango: Mong-Lan, Enrique Santillan


July 16, 2022

Mong-Lan y Enrique Santillan

Dos Guitarras, Tango y Folclore

The Social Club
Avellaneda, Buenos Aires

Video in Youtube


January 2022

Special Online Streaming presentation, poetry recital

and music concert, LAN Tango, Facebook.


Executed various special virtual presentations, poetry recitals and music concerts, Streaming live via Facebook

May 2021, Virtual Poetry Reading in conjunction with the Houston Public Library and Public Poetry. Asian American Heritage Month.

December, 2021, Special virtual Poetry Recital, Music Concert, Facebook Live Streaming


2022 2020

Join me for Poetry Writing Workshops!

Writing workshops via Zoom open to the public. 
Sundays, Nov 21 and Nov 22., 3-4:20 pm, CST.

7 participants limited to each session. 
Please send me your 2-3 poems to be considered for the session. If your poems
are selected, I will send you Zoom meeting details. email:

Mong-Lan Workshops

Writing Workshop 1, Nov 21. VOICE:

As we enter the fall of 2020, often our voices have been drowned out, edited either by ourselves or others. Or our voices may have been lost amidst the noise of the media and society. In dealing with the craft of poetry, let us look at how we can reclaim and find our voices again, and construct and hone our craft through the lens of pathos. Considering this, what specific strategies within the realms of pathos can we use to implement and heighten this for our own poems to create impactful noteworthy poems?
(i.e., personification, pretending we are someone else; speaking in other’s voices if we cannot find our own, speak ourselves into healing.)

Writing Workshop 2, Nov 22. GROUNDING: What specific strategies can we use to ground the poem, and ground ourselves in the process? How can the soul of a place matter in our works and have the power to ground us, whether the city or the countryside, beach or farm? How can we use our dream lives and intuition to ground ourselves and our writing?

These events are supported in part by Poets & Writers, thanks to a grant from the Hearst Foundations.
Suggested donation of $10.00 gratefully accepted here: PayPal:
Venmo: username Mong-Lan; email:

Hunger & Resilience: Reading / Talk / Performance by Mong-Lan

Friday, Oct 30, 7pm, CST, Live Online Event

Streaming to you LIVE, I'm honored and excited to be sharing my poems that deal with the themes of hunger, resilience and healing. Reading, talk and performance. Join Me!

RSVP: Facebook Live,

Watch it here on Youtube


Saturday, July 25, Live Online event

Playing live . . . Join me! I will be launching my new album, Arrabal de Tango: Tango por Siempre & reciting some of my tango poetry . . . 
Sponsored by Esquina Tango in Austin
Online event, Sat, 7-8 pm, CST

Watch it here: LAN Tango on Facebook

Or here on Youtube


The Dancer From The Dance

Event Description: How can we, and do we want to, separate the writer from the writing?— an investigation of how or whether we can separate the work, which we may like and even admire, from the author, who may have been racist, xenophobic, homophobic, anti-semitic, for instance Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot, Paul Claudel, etc.— and more recent examples of writers whose lives and political or social views may be problematic or even reprehensible, but whose work we may still want to read, admire, teach, and study.
Type of Event: Pedagogy

Event Organizer, Moderator, Participant: Mong-Lan

Participant: Michelle Taransky

March 5, 2020, Thursday

AWP (Associated Writing Programs) Conference, #AWP20

Event Title: The Dancer From The Dance
Scheduled Day: Thursday, 3/5/20
Scheduled Time: 01:45:PM–03:00:PM
Scheduled Room: Room 210A, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level

900 E Market St
San Antonio, TX 78205

More info here

Writers Who Play: A Night of Writers Playing Music 

Join Mong-Lan, Ken Waldman, Nathan Brown, Brian Laidlaw, Alison Moore, Jeff Talmadge, and other writers who are also musicians. Over the years we've done this kind of evening in Vancouver, Austin, Atlanta, New York City, Chicago, Seattle, and Portland. This time we found Lowcountry, a suitable space in San Antonio. Lowcountry is a congenial, live-music-friendly bar one-half mile from the Henry B. González Convention Center. No food, but restaurants are nearby. Stop by before a meal, after a meal, or bring food to the club. March 4 is National Waltz Day. We'll be celebrating. 

Cost: Free
Contact: Ken Waldman


March 4, 2020, Wednesday

8-11 pm

Writers Who Play: A Night of Writers Playing Music

318 Martinez St
San Antonio, TX 78205

More info here


Mong-Lan in Buenos Aires

February 3, 2020

Milonga Parakultural
Salón Canning
Scalabrini Ortiz 1331
Buenos Aires, CABA

2019 2019
Mong-Lan 2018


Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, 6-8 pm

Poetry FIX: Mong-Lan

Fix Coffeebar
415 Westheimer Rd,
Houston, Texas 77006

This event is supported in part by Poets & Writers. Organizer: Mike Alexander


Mong-Lan special artist


Sat, Nov. 9, 10 pm, Live Performance

Tangos with voice and guitar, Artwork Exhibit, Books, CDs, etc.

Noche de Tango: Milonga

Esquina Tango
209 Pedernales St.,
Austin, TX 78702

Event Invitation on FB


Mong-Lan artist


Friday, Nov. 8, 2019

Artwork Exhibit, Books, CDs. 9 pm

Milonga Dos en Uno

Balance Dance Studios, 4544 S Lamar Blvd #200/#300
Austin, TX 78745

MILONGA 'DOS EN UNO' on Facebook


New Orleans of My Heart

Free event, suggested donation $10

Supported in part by Poets & Writers

Friday, Oct. 18, 2019

8-9 pm

Brasil, 2604 Dunlavy St.,
Houston, TX 77006

Mong-Lan presents a multi-cultural multi-media event that combines the literary arts with live music and the visual arts. Award-winning poet, internationally known and admired, Mong-Lan also will sing and play tangos from Argentina on the guitar, and play her original jazz piano. An event not to be missed!

Writer, poet, artist, musician, composer, singer, and dancer, Fulbright Scholar, former Stegner Fellow at Stanford Univ, Mong-Lan left her native Viet Nam on the last day of the evacuation of Sài Gòn. Author of 7 books and 3 chapbooks, Mong-Lan celebrates the publication of her books, Dusk Aflame: poems & art and Tone of Water in a Half-Filled Glass; and the release of her tango album, Perfumas de Amor de Argentina y Viet Nam, (Tango por Siempre) and New Orleans of My Heart, jazz piano.


Perfumas de Amor by Mong-Lan y Enrique Santillan


May 14-21, 2019

New York City

Adam and Ciko's Tango Cafe, Wednesday, May 15, @ You Should Be Dancing, performing some tangos, with my artwork, books and CDs. 
--Address: 412 Eighth Ave, (bet 30th & 31st Sts) 4th Fl. Buzzer #6, 212-244-0011

Friday, May 17, @ Empire Milonga at DanceSport, with my artwork and books, Cds. 
--Address: 230 West 39th Street, ground floor, between 7th and 8th Avenues, Tel: 212-307-1111

Sunday, May 19, weather permitting at Volvo Tango on the pier. 
--Address: Pier 45 - off of West 10th Street / Christopher Street on the west side of Manhattan

Monday, May 20, at Ensueño Tango Salon. . . with my artwork and books, CDs.
--Address: The Ukranian Private Ballroom, 140 2nd Ave, back of the building (between 8th & 9th St) 212-614-3283


Mong-Lan Presents "Dusk Aflame: Poems & Art"Dusk Aflame by Mong-Lan

May 2, 2019
Thursday, 7:00 pm 

The Path of Tea
2340 W Alabama St
Houston, TX 77098

Mong-Lan, reads from her 7th book collection, Dusk Aflame: poems & art  and chapbook Tone of Water in a Half-Filled Glass. Love poems, odes to the South, New Orleans, Houston, Galveston, an island off Thailand, odes to the body, float throughout. Buenos Aires and the tango loom large with elegiac, nocturnal footsteps. Mong-Lan's poetry won the Juniper Prize, the Pushcart Prize, among many others, and has been widely anthologized to include in Best American Poetry and in several Norton Anthologies.

2018 2018

Mong-Lan presents her 7th book, Dusk Aflame: poems & art,
her new chapbook, Tone of Water in a Half-Filled Glass, and her new CD, Perfumas de Amor, de Argentina y Viet Nam, Tango por Siempre.

Mong-Lan 2018

Other writers who will present at Malvern Books include Kathleen Winter and Jess Smith.


November 10, 2018, Saturday
7:00 pm

Malvern Books
613 W 29th St
Austin, TX 78705


Perfumas de Amor, Mong-Lan

Mong-Lan presents her new tango CD, Perfumas de Amor,
her tango books and artwork.

November 8, 2018, Thursday
10 pm-11:00 pm

Passion Milonga
Esquina Tango
209 Pedernales
Austin, TX 78702



November 7, 2018, Wednesday
9:00 - 10 pm

Northside Midweek Tango Practica
Dance International
2417 Buell Ave. Ste A
Austin, TX


Perfumas de Amor, Mong-Lan

Mong-Lan presents her new tango CD, Perfumas de Amor,

her tango books and artwork.

October 21, 2018, Sunday

Milonga La Paz, 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Veterans Memorial Building / Herbs Theater
401 Van Ness Ave, Room 212
( Entrance at front main door on Van Ness Ave)
San Francisco, CA


Mong-Lan presents her new tango CD, Perfumas de Amor,

her tango books and artwork.


October 20, 2018, Saturday

9:00 - 11:00 pm

Epoca Milonga
Lake Merritt Dance Center (Lakeview Hall 1 - upstairs)
200 Grand Ave.
Bay/Harrison Streets
Awning says "Downtown Oakland Senior Center"
Oakland, CA

Mong-Lan presents her new tango CD, performing tangos,
and presents her tango books and artwork.

Perfumas de Amor, Mong-Lan


October 18, 2018, Thursday

9:10 - 11:10 pm

Allegro Ballroom - Grand Ballroom
5955 Christie Ave
Emeryville, CA


She Who Has No Master(s) - Litquake - DVAN

FB Invite here

Mong-Lan performs-reads with other writers: Thi Bui, Aimee Phan, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Lan Duong, Dao Strom

October 17, 2018, Wednesday

6:00 - 7:30 pm

San Francisco Public Library
Main Library
100 Larkin St.
San Francisco, CA 94102


POETRY: Power of Voice, Power of Place 2018-410

Saturday, October 6, 1:00 - 4:00 pm

& Sunday, October 7, 1 - 4 pm

Course #2018-410

October 6-7, 2018

Intensive Poetry Writing Workshop, Two Days

POETRY: Power of Voice, Power of Place 2018-410

Register here

1520 West Main
Houston, TX 77006


Mong-Lan at Kaboom

Click here to see full page flyer

Mong-Lan celebrates the publication of her new book,
Dusk Aflame: poems & art, her chapbook, Tone of Water in
a Half-Filled Glass
, and the release of her new tango CD,
Perfumas de Amor, de Argentina y Viet Nam, (Tango por

Sept 22, 2018

An Evening of
Poetry, Music & Art
with Mong-Lan
Saturday, 7 - 8 pm

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

Join Mong-Lan for an exciting evening of poetry, music, art, and storytelling. In addition to playing her own jazz piano, she will also sing & play tangos on the guitar. On exhibit will be her artwork.

This event is supported in part by

Poets & Writers



Perfumas de Amor - Mong-Lan

August, 2018

Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mundial de Tango

Various appearances & performances



May 26, 2018, 3-4 pm

Houston, TX

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 18-2018

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.

Para Encontrarte: Mong-Lan

July 7, 2017, 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


Mong-Lan dance painting

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Beyond 21 Celebration

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

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

Writer's Garret
125 Majesty Drive
Dallas, Texas 75247

tel: 212-828-1715

La Guagua

April 21 & 22, 2017

La Guagua Community Poetry Festival

Voices and Translations

Federal Building, 50 Kearney Square

Lowell, Massachusetts, USA

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.



February 8-11, 2017

Associated Writing Programs (AWP) Conference

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.
· Reservations 212-757-0788 after 4pm

Mong-Lan show

January 6-10, 2017

APAP Conference (Association of Performing Arts Presenters)

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

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