D.T. NGUYEN is an internationally published American writer and editor born in Saigon, Vietnam whose intimate and lyrical work portrays the individual experiences of the Vietnamese diaspora before and after the Vietnam War. Her work focuses on their humanity and the timeless themes of identity, passages and the reconciliation of cultures and values that ensue. In doing so, she hopes to share her contemporary American immigrant story in the 21st century with a broad audience and to preserve her Vietnamese heritage for future generations.
She is completing her debut collection of short stories, memoirs of growing up female, strong and resilient in the context of war, emigration, love and loss. In 2016 she launched Moving Pen Berlin, a writing group where she became inspired by the stories of real women, for whom she is editing their shared wisdoms in a moving anthology of life stories.
Ms. Nguyen emigrated to the U.S. in 1975 and resided in Northern Virginia. She attended college in Virginia and worked in business in Washington D.C. for a time until deciding to follow her calling in the arts. D.T. moved to New York in 1991 to study at the Parsons School of Design and practiced interior design for more than a decade and eventually at her own firm, Aura New York.
The next step of her journey as an artist led her to writing. Of her quest to create, she has said “I write for my young son and for myself, honing my unique voice, although, I am grateful for the inspirations provided by the narrative genius of Alice Munro, the cultural sensitivity of Jhumpa Lahiri and the lyricism of Marguerite Duras.”
She currently lives in New York with her family and golden retriever.
readingsAmerican Women's Club of Berlin Women's Salon Series in Berlin, Germany
Writer’s Voice in New York, NY
Atheneum Writers Group on Nantucket, MA
Memoir Writers Group on Nantucket, MA