Beth Nguyen also goes by Bich Minh Nguyen. (Her recent essay in The New Yorker explains why she has two names.) Please call her Beth. She is the author of the memoir Owner of a Lonely Heart, published by Scribner in 2023, as well as three books published by Viking Penguin: the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner and the novels Short Girls and Pioneer Girl. Her awards and honors include an American Book Award, a PEN/Jerard Award from the PEN American Center, a Bread Loaf fellowship, and best book of the year honors from the Chicago Tribune and Library Journal. Nguyen’s work has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, The New York Times, Literary Hub, Time Magazine, and The Best American Essays. Nguyen received an MFA in creative writing from the University of Michigan and is a professor in creative writing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
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