Saltonstall Book Launch! Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Poet Ocean Vuong (’13)

OceanVuongPoet Ocean Vuong (’13) returns to Ithaca!


We’ll be celebrating the publication of Ocean’s first full-length book of poetry, Night Sky With Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press) with a reading and book signing on Saturday, November 5, 2016.


This reading will take place at Buffalo Street Books in downtown Ithaca.


Poet Sally Wen Mao (’14) will also be reading.

Ocean VuongNight Sky With Exit Wounds was still in manuscript form during Ocean’s Saltonstall residency in 2013.


We’re so grateful that his words found a home with the esteemed poetry publisher Copper Canyon Press.

Ocean VuongAdvance praise:


Publishers Weekly 2016 Poetry Top 10


Buzzfeed Most Exciting Books of 2016


Review in The New York Times


“[A] masterpiece that captures, with elegance, the raw sorrows and joys of human existence.” –Buzzfeed Books


“A haunting and fearless debut.” –Publishers Weekly


“Vuong’s powerful voice explores passion, violence, history, identity–all with a tremendous humanity.” –Slate


Read Michiko Kakutani’s review of “Night Sky With Exit Wounds” in The New York Times (from May 9, 2016) here.


Read Daniel Wenger’s New Yorker profile, “How a Poet Named Ocean Means to Fix the English Language.”

About Ocean

Ocean Vuong is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016). A 2016 winner of the Whiting Award and 2014 Ruth Lilly fellow, he has received honors from Poets House, the Elizabeth George Foundation, the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, the Saltonstall Foundation for the Arts, the Academy of American Poets, and a Pushcart Prize.


His poems appear in Kenyon Review, The Nation, New Republic, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, and The American Poetry Review, which awarded him the Stanley Kunitz Prize for Younger Poets. His work has been translated into Albanian, Arabic, Bulgarian, Cantonese, French, Italian, Hindi, Spanish, and Ukrainian.


Born in Saigon, Vietnam, he lives in New York City.

With Special Guests

SallyWenMao_ImagebySherryZhangPoet Sally Wen Mao (’14)


Sally Wen Mao is the author of Mad Honey Symposium (Alice James Books, 2014), the winner of the 2012 Kinereth Gensler Award, a Poets & Writers Top Ten Debut of 2014, and a Publishers Weekly Top Ten Anticipated Pick of Fall 2014.


Her work has been anthologized in The Best American Poetry 2013 and published in A Public Space, Poetry, Black Warrior Review, Guernica, jubilat, The Missouri Review, and Washington Square, among others.


The recipient of fellowships and residencies from Kundiman, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Hedgebrook, Vermont Studio Center, and Saltonstall Foundation, she holds an M.F.A. from Cornell University.


Sally was the 2015-2016 Writer-in-Residence at the Singapore Creative Writing Residency at National University of Singapore, and is currently a 2016-2017 Cullman Center Fellow at the New York Public Library.

Reading Time & Location

Date: Saturday, November 5, 2016

Time: 5:30 – 7:00 pm

Location: Buffalo Street Books in downtown Ithaca


The bookstore is located one block from the Commons in the DeWitt Mall (same building as the Moosewood Restaurant!) The main entrance is on Buffalo Street, next door to Greenstar Oasis, and across the street from DeWitt Park. (See map below)