Barbara Tran is the author of the poetry collection In the Mynah Bird's Own Words, winner of the Tupelo Press Chapbook Competition. Barbara's poems have appeared in Women's Review of Books, Ploughshares, and The New Yorker, as well as at the Williams College Museum of Art's exhibition "The Moon Is Broken: Photography from Poetry, Poetry from Photography." Honours include a Canada Council for the Arts Grant, MacDowell Colony Gerald Freund Fellowship, Bread Loaf Scholarship, Pushcart Prize, and Lannan Foundation Writing Residency. Barbara shares her home in Toronto with her human and canine partners.

With Tomba

Photo with Tomba

Life with Dogs

Barbara is a Pat Miller Certified Trainer (PMCT1) and a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA).

Barbara and her mixed-breed dog Tashi, a Washington Animal Rescue League adoptee, together earned titles in Obedience in the US, and in Rally in the US and Canada.


Poetry Collection

In the Mynah Bird's Own Words
Winner, Chapbook Award (Tupelo Press)

Anthology Publications

• American War Poetry: An Anthology
• Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Poetry
• From Both Sides Now
• Language for a New Century
• Local/Express: Asian American Arts & Community
• My Viet: Vietnamese American Literature in English, 1962-Present
• On a Bed of Rice: An Asian American Erotic Feast
• Poetry Nation: North American Anthology of Fusion Poetry
• Premonitions: The Kaya Anthology of New Asian North American Poetry
• Pushcart Prize XXIII
• Viet Nam: Beyond the Frame
• Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry & Prose

Journal & Magazine Publications

• Amerasia Journal
• Antioch Review
• Arts & Letters
• AsianAvenue.com
• Asian Pacific American Journal
• Audrey
• Bark Magazine
• Columbia Journal
• Crab Orchard Review
• CrossConnect
• Cutthroat
• Drunken Boat
• Manoa
• Michigan Quarterly Review
• The New Yorker
• Nha Magazine
• NYCBigCityLit.com
• Pequod
• Ploughshares
• Rain City Review
• Seneca Review
• Solo
• The Southern Poetry Review
• Viet Nam Forum
• Viet Tide
• Vietnam Journal
• Women's Review of Books

Editorial Work

Watermark: Vietnamese American Poetry & Prose
Edited by Barbara Tran, Monique T. D. Truong & Luu Truong Khoi

Viet Nam: Beyond the Frame, Vol. I, A Special Issue of the Michigan Quarterly Review
Edited by Barbara Tran

Honours & Awards

• Asian American Writers' Workshop Van Lier Fellowship
• Bread Loaf Scholarship
• Canada Council for the Arts Grant
• MacDowell Colony: Gerald Freund Fellowship
• Tupelo Press: Chapbook Competition Winner
• Pushcart Prize

Artist Residencies

• Chula
• Hall Farm
• Hedgebrook
• Lannan Foundation
• MacDowell Colony
• Millay Colony



Along the lakeshore.

Or via email:

barbaratran [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com

  All photos by Barbara Tran      
      Home:  Fiddleheads, Pownal, VT, USA      
      Writing:  Hoi An Market, Hoi An, Quang Nam, Viet Nam      
      Contact:  Centre Island, Toronto, ON, Canada      

  © Barbara Tran