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Voices and Verses

National Poetry Month: “Durian” By Bao-Long Chu

The Houston poet reads a poem inspired by food and family.


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Durian Kunyit
Poet Bao-Long Chu
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Poet Bao-Long Chu

Originally from Vietnam, Bao-Long Chu earned an M.F.A. in poetry from the University of Houston's Creative Writing Program.

His poems and essays have been published in several anthologies, including The New Anthology of American Poetry: Postmodernisms 1950-Present and From Both Sides Now: The Poetry of the Vietnam War and Its Aftermath. His libretto for Houston Grand Opera's East + West initiative, Bound, premiered in 2014.

Bao-Long Chu reads "Durian," a poem ripe with memories.

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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