Reading: Ocean Vuong

Presented by the Townsend Center for the Humanities in partnership with BAMPFA

In the second of two programs hosted by BAMPFA for the Townsend Center’s 2023–24 Avenali Lecture, Ocean Vuong presents a poetry reading focusing on Time Is a Mother. In this latest poetry collection, he searches for life among the aftershocks of his mother’s death and—in concert with the themes of his novel, On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous—contends with loss and the meaning of family. Vuong’s previous poetry collection is the award-winning Night Sky with Exit Wounds.

Event Accessibility

If you have any questions about accessibility or require accommodations to participate in this event, please contact us at or call us at (510) 642-1412 (during open hours) with as much advance notice as possible. More information on accessibility services.