Nguyen Ba Chung

Nguyen Ba Chung is a writer, poet and translator. He is the co-translator of Thoi Xa Vang (A Time Far Past); Mountain River: Vietnamese Poetry from The Wars 1948-1993; Distant Road ‑ Selected Poems of Nguyen Duy; Six Vietnamese Poets; Zen Poems from Early Vietnam, and others. He’s currently a Research Associate at the William Joiner Center at the University of Massachusetts Boston.


Lottery Ticket and Pre-Planned Heavens by Trang The Hy, translated by Martha Collins & Nguyen Ba Chung

  People who don’t buy lottery tickets just crawl: they don’t jump. People who buy tickets dare to jump.   That’s because a lottery ticket guarantees that those who jump do not die when they fall down: they only suffer a little pain.   He is not afraid of pain […]


The Traveling Companion Named Hope by Trang The Hy, translated by Martha Collins & Nguyen Ba Chung

  1. The ones who came before urged the ones who would come after to be cautious with you, keeping you at a distance. Petofi said: “Hope is a flighty girl of the night.” Lu Xun wrote: “Thoughts about hope bring sudden fear.” From the age of fifteen, a credulous […]