Read more at The Cut

— by Sangeeta Singh-Kurtz: Ocean Vuong is a poet, writer, and professor whose work draws on his childhood as a Vietnamese refugee growing up in Hartford, Connecticut. His best-selling, 2019 debut novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, is written as a series of letters to the narrator’s mother, absent father, and first love, a boy named Trevor, with whom he has a fraught relationship…

Image courtesy of Getty Images