For anyone who has ever felt like they don't belong, Phuc shares an irreverent, funny, and moving tale of displacement and assimilation woven together with themes from works of classic literature. We are inviting the public, community members, nonprofit activists, school groups, student leaders, and campus faculty and staff to come together for a casual conversation. Topics will range from broad themes covered in his book as well as his experiences as a writer and tattoo artist.
Being familiar with the book prior to the event may be helpful but is not required. Light refreshments will be available.
About Phuc Tran
Phuc, who migrated with his family from Vietnam in 1975, has been a high school Latin teacher for more than 20 years while simultaneously establishing himself as a highly sought-after tattooer. He graduated from Bard College in 1995 with a BA in Classics. He taught Latin, Greek, and Sanskrit in New York at the Collegiate School and was an instructor at Brooklyn College’s Summer Latin Institute. Most recently, he taught Latin, Greek, and German at the Waynflete School in Portland, Maine. Tran’s 2012 TEDx Talk
“Grammar, Identity, and the Dark Side of the Subjunctive” was featured on NPR’s TED Radio Hour. His memoir received the 2020 New England Book Award for Nonfiction. He tattoos and lives with his family in Portland, Maine.