Senior English major Binh Nguyen was selected to participate in the 19th annual National Undergraduate Literature Conference, at Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah, on April 1-3. This is a competitive and prestigious event, for which participants are selected on the basis of the quality of their poetry or essays, submitted in advance to a panel of university judges. Those accepted are invited not only to discuss literary issues with celebrated writers at the conference, but to read their own work in a public venue.
The three featured authors who spoke and conferred with the students at this year's conference included Robert Pinsky, one of the most highly renowned poets in the country and Poet Laureate of the United States from 1997 to 2000.
Nguyen learned of his selection in a letter from two Weber State professors who are the organizers of the conference. Their letter, after announcing that Binh's submission, “How To Make Wine,” has been accepted to the Conference, went on to say, “Your work is among the finest submitted to us by undergraduate students from every state in the nation, and we enthusiastically congratulate you on your achievement as a writer.”
In addition to his writing gifts, Nguyen is known on campus for his talent as a modern dancer, and as the founder and editor-in-chief of the literary magazine SCRY!