Teresa Mei Chuc


Author's Bio

Teresa Mei Chuc was born in Saigon, Vietnam and immigrated to the U.S. under political asylum with her mother and brother shortly after the Vietnam War while her father, who had served in ARVN, remained in a Vietcong "re-education" camp for nine years. Teresa, a fellow and teacher consultant of the Los Angeles Writing Project (a chapter of the National Writing Project), teaches literature and writing at a public inner-city middle school. Teresa has a bachelors degree in philosophy, professional teaching credentials in primary and secondary education, and a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing (poetry) from Goddard College in Plainfield, Vermont. Teresa's poem, "Eternity in Gaza," is featured in Silkworms Ink's 50th Chapbook Anniversary Chapbook, L, an anthology of international poets and short fiction writers http://www.silkwormsink.com/. An avid reader of Russian literature and poetry, Teresa has studied the Russian language for about two decades and in her spare time, translates her favorite poems. Teresa’s poetry is forthcoming in the anthology, Inheriting the War, a collection of poetry and prose by descendants of Vietnam veterans and refugees from all sides of the war. Red Thread is Teresa's first full-length collection of poetry. Teresa's second collection of poetry is Keeper of the Winds (FootHills Publishing, 2014). Teresa is working on a collection of poetry tentatively titled The Guitar.

Publications and Prizes


Red Thread
(Fithian Press,
Keeper of the Winds
(Foothills Publishing,


Danaus Plexippus Plexippus
(Victorian Violet Press,
Cartography of Family
(Chippens Press,
Cartesian Product
(Silkworms Ink,
Truth is Black Rubber
(Silkworms Ink,
Year of the Hare
(Shabda Press,


New Poets of the American West
(Many Voices Press,
(Silkworms Ink,
Mo' Joe
(Beatlick Press,
With Our Eyes Wide Open: Poems of the New American Century
(West End Press,


Jack Magazine
Miller's Pond
National Poetry Review
Babel Fruit
Sugar Mule
Memoir Journal
Sugar Mule
Miller's Pond
Miller's Pond
Miller's Pond
Verse Daily
English Journal
California English
Ascent Aspirations Magazine
EarthSpeak Magazine
Saltwater Press
The Splinter Generation
Big Bridge
Kyoto Journal
Hawaii Pacific Review
Pushcart Prize Nominee 2012

More Information

Listed as:
Creative Nonfiction Writer, Poet
Gives readings? 
Travels for readings? 
Identifies as: 
Asian American
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Fluent in: 
Chinese, English, Russian, Vietnamese

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Listing last updated: October 18, 2014.

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