Event Date and time: Wednesday 10 May, 2017 

Venue details: Waterstones London | 19-21 Tottenham Court Rd, Fitzrovia | London W1T 1BJ

Organisers: Waterstones

Event website: The VINTAGE Poetry Showcase: Ocean Vuong and Kayo Chingonyi, Chaired by R.A. Villanueva

Event cost: £5

VINTAGE is delighted to present two of the most exciting new poets of a generation, Ocean Vuong and Kayo Chingonyi, who will be reading from their much-anticipated debut collections Night Sky with Exit Wounds and Kumukanda. The evening will be hosted by prize-winning poet, R.A. Villanueva.

Already a phenomenal success in the US, Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong is steeped in war and cultural upheavaland explores some most profound of subjects: sexuality, familial relationships and American identity. Underpinned by a love of music, language and literature, Kayo Chingonyi’s Kumukanda is a powerful exploration of race, identity and masculinity, celebrating what it means to be British and not British, all at once.

Join us for a special evening of captivating readings and lively discussion from three of the very best voices in contemporary poetry.

Kayo Chingonyi was born in Zambia in 1987, and moved to the UK at the age of six. As well as being widely published in journals and anthologies, Kayo has delivered lectures and readings from his work at venues and events around the world. He represented Zambia at Poetry Parnassus and was awarded a Geoffrey Dearmer Prize. He was Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) from Autumn 2015 to Spring 2016. Kayo is also a judge for Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award 2017.

Ocean Vuong was born in a rice farm outside Saigon in 1988. At the age of two, after a year in a refugee camp, he and his family arrived in the US. He is the first in his immediate family to learn how to read proficiently, at the age of eleven.. A Ruth Lilly fellow and winner of a Pushcart Prize, he has received honours and awards from Poets House and the Academy of American Poets. Night Sky with Exit Wounds won the 2016 Whiting Award. He  lives in New York.

R.A. Villanueva’s debut collection of poetry, Reliquaria, won the Prairie Schooner Book Prize (U. Nebraska Press, 2014). New writing appears in PoetryGuernica, The American Poetry ReviewPrac Crit, and widely elsewhere. A founding editor of Tongue: A Journal of Writing & Art, his honors include a commendation from the 2016 Forward Prizes, the inaugural Ninth Letter Literary Award, and fellowships from Kundiman and the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts

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