Quan Barry

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Quan Barry
GenrePoetry, literary fiction, plays

Amy Quan Barry (born Saigon) is a Vietnamese American poet, novelist, and playwright. She is a recipient of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize.[1][2] Barry is a Lorraine Hansberry Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[3][4]


She was raised in Danvers, Massachusetts, where she played on the Danvers High School field hockey team in the late 1980s.[5]

She graduated from the University of Michigan, with an MFA, and was a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University and the Diane Middlebrook poetry fellow at the University of Wisconsin. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[6]

Her work has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Missouri Review,[7] The New Yorker,[8] Southeast Review,[9] and Virginia Quarterly Review.[10]

In 2000, Barry's poetry book Asylum won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize and was a finalist for the 2002 Society of Midland Authors' poetry award.[2][11][12] Barry spoke at an event hosted and sponsored by Central Washington University and the National Endowment for the Arts.[13] In 2021, Barry was the final judge for the 2021 New American Poetry Prize.[1]

Barry's writing touches on a variety of genres, including magical realism and speculative fiction.[14]



  • She Weeps Each Time You're Born. Random House. 2015. ISBN 978-0-307-91177-3. [15][16]
  • We Ride Upon Sticks. Penguin Random House. 2020. ISBN 978-1-524-74809-8[17][18]
  • When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East. Penguin Random House. 2022. ISBN 978-1-524-74811-1[19][20]

Poetry collections[edit]



Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2010 Donald Hall Prize in Poetry, Water Puppets
  • 2012 PEN/Open Book, finalist, Water Puppets

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Press, New American (2021-05-25). "2021 New American Poetry Prize: Final Judge Quan Barry". New American Press. Retrieved 2023-05-04.
  2. ^ a b "Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize". web.mnstate.edu. Retrieved 2023-05-04.
  3. ^ "Barry, Amy Quan". English. 2017-09-12. Retrieved 2023-06-15.
  4. ^ Journal, GENA KITTNER For the State (2022-02-07). "World traveling UW-Madison professor shares a new novel and play". Wisconsin State Journal. Retrieved 2023-06-15.
  5. ^ Casting a spell: Danvers native mixes witch history with field hockey in new novel
  6. ^ "Amy Quan Barry, English, UW-Madison". www.english.wisc.edu. Archived from the original on 7 September 2004. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  7. ^ "The Missouri Review". 2000. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  8. ^ Barry, Amy Quan (22 May 2000). "If, Then". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-12-20.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". southeastreview.org. Archived from the original on 25 July 2009. Retrieved 14 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  10. ^ "VQR » Issues". www.vqronline.org. Archived from the original on 9 November 2007. Retrieved 14 January 2022.
  11. ^ "Asylum". University of Pittsburgh Press. Retrieved 2023-05-04.
  12. ^ "Past Winners | The Society of Midland Authors". Retrieved 2023-05-04.
  13. ^ "National Endowment for the Arts Grant Brings Amy Quan Barry to Ellensburg". www.cwu.edu. March 29, 2017. Retrieved 4 May 2023.
  14. ^ Hong, Mai-Linh K. (2020), Perez, Richard; Chevalier, Victoria A. (eds.), ""The Deep Root Snapped": Reproductive Violence and Family Un/Making in Quan Barry's She Weeps Each Time You're Born", The Palgrave Handbook of Magical Realism in the Twenty-First Century, Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 483–501, doi:10.1007/978-3-030-39835-4_21, ISBN 978-3-030-39835-4, retrieved 2023-05-04
  15. ^ "She Weeps Each Time You're Born by Quan Barry: 9780804171304 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved 2022-11-22.
  16. ^ "'She Weeps Each Time You're Born' by Quan Barry - the Boston Globe". The Boston Globe.
  17. ^ Barry, Quan (2020). We ride upon sticks (First ed.). New York. ISBN 978-1-5247-4809-8. OCLC 1103536420.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  18. ^ "We Ride Upon Sticks by Quan Barry: 9781524748098 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved 2020-06-04.
  19. ^ Barry, Quan (2022). When i'm gone, look for me in the east (First ed.). New York. ISBN 978-1-524-74811-1. OCLC 1291403810.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
  20. ^ "When I'm Gone, Look for Me in the East a novel by Quan Barry: 9781524748111 | PenguinRandomHouse.com: Books". PenguinRandomhouse.com. Retrieved 2022-02-28.
  21. ^ Hamann, Dane (April 30, 2012). "Review of Water Puppets by Quan Barry". TriQuarterly.
  22. ^ "BookDetails". Archived from the original on 2015-01-14. Retrieved 2015-01-13.

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