Great news for Kelly Morse, whose essay, Saigon, was recently published in Brevity: a Journal of Concise Literary Nonfiction.
“There’s no room on the sidewalk, never is, no sloped exits. A moat of trash. The man’s breath explodes as he pushes out of potholes, waits for lights amidst the motorbikes; facing forward, his shoulder-blades droop until they seem to rest upon his ribs.”
You can read the rest of this poetic and evocative essay here. Congratulations, Kelly!
Kelly Morse returned to Vietnam in 2012 via a Robert Pinsky Global Poetry Fellowship, which allowed her time to write about her previous experiences there as a university teacher in Hanoi. Her poetry has been published or is forthcoming in Alimentum: A Journal of Literature and Food, Side B Magazine, CAB and elsewhere. She works at the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, where she directs a creative writing and cultural exchange program that brings together students from Russia, the USA, the Middle East and Northern Africa. She is currently working on a cross-genre manuscript that explores linguistic and world-view gaps between Southeast Asian and American cultures.