Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai

Dr Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai is an award-winning writer in both Vietnamese and English. Her eight books of poetry, short fiction and non-fiction in Vietnamese have received multiple awards, including the 2010 Poetry of the Year Award from the Hanoi Writers Association. Her debut novel and first book in English, The Mountains Sing, is an International Bestseller, a New York Times Editors' Choice Selection and Winner of the 2020 Lannan Literary Award Fellowship for "a work of exceptional quality" and for "contribution to peace and reconciliation". The novel has been named a best book of 2020 by more than 10 media establishments including NPR and the Washington Independent Review of Books. Quế Mai has a PhD in Creative Writing from the UK's Lancaster University and has just been named by Forbes Vietnam as one of 20 inspiring women of 2021.