2015-16 David T. K. Wong Fellow
Violet Kupersmith was born in rural Pennsylvania in 1989 and raised outside of Philadelphia. Her mother was born in Vietnam and fled the country by boat following the fall of Saigon in April 1975, and her father is American. She studied French and English literature at Mount Holyoke College, graduating summa cum laude in 2011. She spent a year teaching English in the Mekong Delta on a Fulbright Fellowship, and was the 2014 Gerald Freund Fellow at the MacDowell Colony. Her first book, “The Frangipani Hotel” (Spiegel & Grau) was published in 2014 and is a collection of contemporary ghost stories based loosely on supernatural tales told to her by her maternal grandmother. She has written for Saigon’s Word Magazine and the New York Times. Violet is currently working on her first novel and has spent the past several years living and researching in Saigon and Vietnam’s central highlands.