Truong Tran

Truong Tran


Truong Tran (born 1969) is a Vietnamese-American poet, visual artist, and teacher. His collection dust and conscience (2002) won the San Francisco Poetry Center Book Prize, and in 2003, he served as Writer in Residence for Intersection for the Arts. Tran currently lives in San Francisco, where he teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University, and is Writer in Residence at the San Francisco School of the Arts.


Artist Statement: Day In The Life … On days when I am not working as a

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What do you do now? Has your art evolved or changed?

It was a start to my career as a writer/ poet.

What is one piece of advice you would give to an emerging artist?

I still teach poetry (San Francisco State and Mills College), although my shift has been towards visual arts. See my work at:

Briefly, how would you describe the state of the arts locally, as well as national and beyond?

Go into it knowing that it will be a tough path but do it if your gut tells you.

struggling, difficult, necessary, starved, lacking