Ocean Vuong was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and immigrated to the United States at the age of two. He received a BA from Brooklyn College, where he was awarded an Academy of American Poets college prize, and an MFA from New York University. He is the author of Night Sky with Exit Wounds (Copper Canyon Press, 2016), which received the 2017 Felix Dennis Prize for Best First Collection from the Forward Arts Foundation and the T. S. Eliot Prize. Vuong has received numerous honors and awards, including a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, a Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship, and a Whiting Award. He teaches at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and lives in Northampton, Massachusetts.