THUA THIEN HUE — A Viet Nam-US literary forum will be held in central Hue Province today and tomorrow to mark the 20th anniversary of bilateral ties between the countries' writers.
The relationship first took shape between the Viet Nam Writers Association (VWA) and the William Joiner Centre for the Study of War and Social Consequence, a US non-governmental organisation that has gathered big names such as Grace Paley, Larry Heineman Tim O'Brien, Bruce Weigl and Kevin Bowen.
A number of poets and writers from Viet Nam and the US will assess the translation and introduction of Vietnamese literature to US readers over the past two decades and discuss future co-operation.
Poet Huu Thinh, chairman of the VWA, said the forum is an impressive exchange for not only war veteran writers but also young ones.
The centre has helped bring 100 Vietnamese writers, artists and cultural researchers to the US to promote the peaceful image of a Viet Nam to the American people.
On this occasion, the VWA Publishing House will translate and publish a collection of poems from US poets on Viet Nam's culture and war entitled Tieng Vong Tu Bo Ben Kia The Gioi (Echo from the Other Side of the World)
The event will include nine American and 40 Vietnamese writers, teachers and students of the Hue University.
After the workshop, delegates will visit old battlefields in the central province of Quang Tri and the Truong Son war martyrs' cemetery. — VNS