Press Release

July 27, 2005

No. 05-014

Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext. 146
(301) 996-0901


Wayne Karlin to Receive Arts Award
at VVA National Convention


(Washington, D.C.) – Wayne Karlin, a former Marine and one of the most acclaimed Vietnam veteran writers, will receive the Excellence in the Arts Award at Vietnam Veterans of America’s 12th National Convention at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno, Nevada.  Karlin, a professor of languages and literature at the College of Southern Maryland and the author six widely acclaimed novels, will receive the honor at the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, August 13. 

“We are proud to honor the work of one of our own, Wayne Karlin,” said VVA national President Thomas H. Corey. “He is one of the finest writers to come out of the Vietnam War and well deserves the recognition of his peers.”

The war has been at the heart of Karlin’s literary life since 1973 when he co-edited and contributed four autobiographical war-zone stories to Free Fire Zone: Short Stories from Vietnam Veterans, the first collection of its kind. In his novel, Lost Armies (1988), Karlin zeroed in on a Vietnam veteran’s readjustment blues. In US, he confronted the legacy of Vietnam in a novel set in early-nineties Thailand. In 1995, he co-edited a second breakthrough anthology, The Other Side of Heaven, a collection of short stories by Americans and Vietnamese who served in the Vietnam War. During the last decade, he has published 
four literary works to high critical acclaim: Rumors and Stones (1996), Prisoners (1998), The Wished-for Country (2002) and War Movies (2005). His most recent anthology of contemporary Vietnamese literature, Love After War (2003), was chosen as a Best Book of the Year by The San Francisco Chronicle.

Wayne Karlin’s literary honors include a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, four Individual Artist Awards from the state of Maryland, a Critics’ Choice Award, and the Paterson Prize in fiction. As the American consulting editor for Curbstone Press’s Voices From Vietnam series, Karlin edits and adapts translations of Vietnamese writers.

An estimated 700 delegates from local chapters will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests at the Vietnam Veterans of America National Convention in Reno, which begins on Wednesday, August 10. The delegates will set the organization’s course for the next two years, elect national officers and the Board of Directors, hear from an array of speakers, attend information sessions, and take part in such special events as the Awards Banquet.


Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

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