Her appearance, part of UIndy’s Kellogg Writers Series, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 16, at Schwitzer Student Center, 1400 E. Hanna Ave.
A public school teacher in Los Angeles, Mei Chuc has published two collections of poetry, “Red Thread: Poems” and “Keeper of the Winds.” Her work has appeared in “The National Poetry Review” and in anthologies such as “New Poets of the American West” and “With Our Eyes Open: Poems of the New American Century.”
Her poetry often is influenced by the experiences she and her family shared in the wake of the Vietnam War. Born in Saigon in 1976, she and her mother and brother escaped in a freight boat to seek political asylum, while her father, who supported the U.S.-backed regime in the war, spent nine years in a Vietcong “re-education” camp.
Her book “Year of the Hare” is a short story about her father’s struggle with post-traumatic stress syndrome and its effects on his family after he joined them in the United States.