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Bich Nguyen

Bich Nguyen

Associate Professor; Director, Asian American Studies

MFA, University of Michigan, 1998

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Creative Writing

Bich Minh Nguyen is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha's Dinner (Viking/Penguin), which was a 2007 Chicago Tribune Book of the Year, a Kiriyama Prize Notable Book, finalist for the Asian American Literature Award and winner of the PEN/Jerard Award from the PEN American Center. Her debut novel, Short Girls, was published by Viking/Penguin in the US and Penguin/Fig in the UK in Summer 2009.

Nguyen is also co-editor of three anthologies: 30/30: Thirty American Stories from the Last Thirty Years (Penguin Academic); I & Eye: Contemporary Creative Nonfiction (Pearson Longman); and The Contemporary American Short Story (Pearson Longman). Her work has been featured on the PBS NewsHour and NPR, and has appeared in publications including Gourmet magazine, The Chicago Tribune, Dream Me Home Safely: Writers on Growing up in America, and Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry and Prose.


At Purdue, Nguyen teaches an advanced creative nonfiction workshop, Asian American literature, and fiction writing.