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Episode 6: Agent Blue

Episode Summary

Los Angeles Poet Laureate Lynne Thompson reads Teresa Mei Chuc’s poem “Agent Blue”.


Participant(s) Bio

Poet Laureate Emerita of Altadena, California (Editor-in-Chief) 2018-2020 and a member of the Pasadena Rose Poets, Teresa Mei Chuc is the author of three full-length collections of poetry, Red Thread (Fithian Press, 2012), Keeper of the Winds (FootHills Publishing, 2014), and Invisible Light (Many Voices Press, 2018). Teresa Mei Chuc (mixed ancestry: Vietnamese, Cantonese & Japanese) was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and immigrated to the U.S. as a refugee of war under political asylum with her mother and brother shortly after the American war in Vietnam while her father, who had served in the Army of the Republic of Vietnam, remained in a Vietcong "re-education" prison camp for nine years. Teresa, a fellow, and teacher-consultant of the Los Angeles Writing Project (a chapter of the National Writing Project), teaches literature and writing at a public high school and works towards decolonizing education for her students. Teresa has a bachelor's degree in philosophy, professional teaching credentials in primary and secondary education, and a Master's in Fine Arts in Creative Writing (poetry) from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. She served for one year as poetry editor and another year as poetry editor-in-chief for Goddard College's Pitkin Review. Teresa was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2012 for "Truth is Black Rubber," a section of poems in her collection Red Thread, and Teresa was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016 for her poem "Quan Am on a Dragon." Teresa’s poetry appears in the anthology, Inheriting the War: Poetry and Prose by Descendants of Vietnam Veterans and Refugees ​(W.W. Norton).

Source: Author's Website


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