Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen

Position title: Professor, English


6195 Helen C White Hall, 600 N Park St, Madison, WI 53706


Beth (Bich Minh) Nguyen is the author of the memoir Stealing Buddha’s Dinner, the novel Short Girls, and the novel Pioneer Girl, all published by Viking Penguin. Her work has received honors including an American Book Award and a PEN/Jerard Award, and has been featured in numerous anthologies, journals, and university and community reads programs. She has also lead workshops and craft talks at conferences including Kundiman, VONA/Voices, Aspen Summer Words, and Port Townsend. Nguyen was born in Saigon and grew up in Michigan, where her refugee family was resettled. She received an MFA from the University of Michigan and has taught in the MFA programs at Purdue University and the University of San Francisco. She is currently at work on a collection of linked essays, titled Owner of a Lonely Heart, about refugee identity, music, parenthood, and ideas on Asian Americanness.