June 13, 1945 |
Los Angeles, California
|Occupation||author, editor, teacher|
Master's, Creative Writing
|Alma mater||American College in Jerusalem
|Notable work(s)||Rumors and Stones
|Spouse(s)||Ohnmar Thein Karlin|
Wayne Karlin (born June 13, 1945 in Los Angeles, California) is an American author, editor, and teacher. His books include Wandering Souls, Marble Mountain, War Movies: Journeys to Vietnam, The Wished-For Country, Prisoners, Rumors and Stones, Crossover, Lost Armies, The Extras, and Us.
Karlin attended White Plains High School, in New York and then served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963 to 1967, when he was honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant. His decorations include the Vietnam Service Medal, the Air Medal, and the Combat Air Crew Badge with three stars. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities in 1970 from the American College in Jerusalem and his Master's degree in Creative Writing from Goddard College in 1976.
He is a professor of Languages and Literature at the College of Southern Maryland, where he has taught since the mid-1980s. He was also American editor of the Curbstone Press Voices from Viet Nam series of books. That series includes The Other Side of Heaven: Postwar Fiction by Vietnamese and American Writers (1995), which he co-edited with Lê Minh Khuê and Truong Lu; The Stars, The Earth, The River: Short Fiction by Le Minh Khue (1997); Behind the Red Mist: Fiction By Ho Anh Thai (1998); Against the Flood, a novel by Ma Văn Kháng (2000); Past Continuous, a novel by Nguyễn Khải (2001); The Cemetery of Chua Village and Other Stories by Đoàn Lê; (2005), Love After War: Contemporary Fiction from Viet Nam, co-edited with Ho Anh Thai (2005), and An Insignificant Family, by Dạ Ngân (2009). He is currently editing a series of Southeast Asian fiction for Texas Tech University Press.
Karlin was one of the script writers and served as a technical consultant and acted in the feature film Song of the Stork, a Vietnamese-Singaporean co-production, which won awards at several film festivals in Europe and Asia. He is at work on a film adaptation of Prisoners.
In 2006, Karlin was consulting producer and writer for Shared Weight, a series of hour-long radio programs involving interviews with writers, film makers and artists in Vietnam, and journeys of reconciliation. The programs were done by the Center for Emerging Media for National Public Radio. He wrote the script for "Wandering Souls", a follow up program, in 2009.
Karlin’s short stories and essays have been widely anthologized and have appeared in many literary magazines, including Antietam Review, Crab Orchard Review, Glimmer Train, Indiana Review, Manoa, Michigan Quarterly Review, Nimrod, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, Witness, and War, Literature & the Arts. His articles and book reviews have appeared in The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Post, The Nation, and The Los Angeles Times.
Karlin has received five State of Maryland Individual Artist Awards in Fiction, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Critics’ Choice Award, the Paterson Prize in Fiction and the Vietnam Veterans of America Excellence in the Arts Award. Prisoners was named an Outstanding Novel of 1998 in the Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook and The Wished-For Country was selected as an Outstanding Novel in the 2002 Yearbook. Love After War was named one of the best books of the year of 2005 by The San Francisco Chronicle.
Karlin lives in Saint Mary's County, Maryland. He and his wife Ohnmar Thein Karlin have a son, Adam.
- , Curbstone Press Author page.
-  Center for Emerging Media website.
-  “Song of the Stork” web site.