Thơ Inrasara trên Word Magazine, 11-2014

Inrasara, poem 1: “Pilgrimage to the dark of night”; poem 2: “The Riddle of Pauh Catwai” – Translation by Alec Schachner.

The Cham are a people that live as much in present day reality as in self-memory, in tales of the great Champa Kingdom of centuries past and traditions more recent. Inrasara has been working to keep that memory alive, through poems that feature in the upcoming anthology The Purification Festival in April.

Người Cham là dân tộc sống trong thực tại hiện tiền không kém trong kí ức, kí ức về những câu chuyện của vương quốc Champa vinh quang ở những thế kỉ xa xưa và cả truyền thống gần đây. Thông qua những bài thơ đặc trưng của mình được tuyển trong Lễ Tẩy trần tháng Tư, Inrasara đang làm việc cho kí ức ấy hồi sinh và tồn tại. Continue reading

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Inrasara Biography

INRASARA – PHÚ TRẠM

Full name: Phú Trạm, pen name: Inrasara
[Inra: Cham transliteration of Sanskrit Indra, the god of Thunder; Sara: salt]
20-9-1957: Born in Cham Hamlet of Caklaing – Mĩ Nghiệp, Phước Dân Townt, Ninh Phước District, Ninh Thuận Province, in Central Vietnam
1969: Student of Po-Klong High School, Ninh Thuan Province
1977: Student of University of Pedagogy, Ho Chi Minh City campus
1978: Left university, wandered in Cham villages collecting Cham poems and folk tales; read philosophy books, and composed Cham/Vietnamese poems
1982: Researcher at the Editorial Committee of Cham Textbooks – Ninh Thuận Province
1992: Researcher at the Center For Vietnamese & Southeast Asian Studies, University of Social Sciences & Humanities, Ho Chi Minh City campus
1998: Present: free writer. Cham/Vietnamese poet, Cham/Vietnamese translator, literary critic, and researcher on Cham language and culture.

Memberships:
- Vietnam Writers’ Association
- Association of Vietnamese Folklorists
- Vietnam Ethnic Minorities’ Literature & Arts Association

Works
Literature

- Sunlight Tower – poems and long poems, Thanh Nien Publisher, Hanoi, 1996
- The Birthday of Cactus – Cham and Vietnamese bilingual poems, Van hoa Dan toc Publisher, Hanoi, 1997
- Pilgrimage to you – poems, Tre Publisher, Ho Chi Minh City, 1999
- The Purification Festival in April – poems and long poems, Hoi Nha Van Publisher, Hanoi, 2002
- Inrasara – Poetry for children, poems, Kim Dong Publisher, Hanoi, 2003
- The Purification Festival in April – Vietnamese English bilingual poems, Van nghe Publisher, 2005
- Sand portrait – novel, Hoi Nha Van Publisher, Hanoi, 2006
- Stories told after 40 years and 18 new formalism poems – poems, Hoi Nha Van Publisher, Hanoi, 2006
- Not lonely enough for creation – essays and critiques, Van nghe Publisher, Ho Chi Minh City, 2006
- Dialogue with the New – essays, Hoi Nha Van Publisher, Hanoi, 2008

Researches on Cham literature and culture
- Cham Literature – Concepts, Van hoa Dan toc Publisher, Hanoi, 1994
- Cham Folklore – Folk-songs, proverbs & riddles, Van hoa Dan toc Publisher, Hanoi, 1995; Second edition, 2006.
- Cham Literature – long poems – collections and researches, Van hoa Dan toc Publisher, Hanoi, 1996; Second edition, Van nghe Publisher, Ho Chi Minh City, 2006.
- Cham – Vietnamese Dictionary (co-writer), Khoa học Xã hội Publisher, Hanoi, 1995
- Vietnamese – Cham Dictionary (co-writer), Khoa học Xã hội Publisher, Hanoi, 1996
- Cham Culture & Society: Researches & dialogues – essays, Văn hóa Dân tộc Publisher, Hanoi, 1999; Second edition, Văn học Publisher, Hanoi, 2003; Third edition, Văn học Publisher, Hanoi, 2008
- Self-Learning Cham Language, Van hoa Dan toc Publisher, Hanoi, 2003
- Vietnamese – Cham Dictionary for school use (co-writer), Giáo dục Publisher, Hanoi, 2004
- Cham Akayet Epics, Khoa học Xã hội Publisher, Hanoi, 2009

Editor-in-chief of the
- Tagalau magazine, an annual selection of Cham compositions, collections, and researches (11 volumes to date, 2000-2010)
- Book-shelf of Cham Literature, series of 10 volumes, 3 volumes published

Works in the anthology
- Literature anthology of ethnic minorities in Vietnam, Van hoc Publisher, Hanoi, 1995
- Viet poetry of 20th century, Selection and critiques, Thanh nien, Hanoi, 1999
- Vietnam poetry 1975-2000, volume II, Hoi Nha van Publisher, Hanoi, 2000
- 26 Vietnamese contemporary poets, Tan Thu Publisher, USA, 2002
- The poem directions, Writers’ Association in Ho Chi Minh City, 2002
- Today’s poetry, (with 13 contemporary poets), Dong Nai Publisher, 2003
- Wordbridge – The Magazine of Literature and Literature in Translation, Issue7, Autumn 2005, USA
- Blank Verse, An Anthology of Vietnamese New Formalism Poetry, USA, 2006
- Australia’s Web Archive – Pandora – Australia 2005-2006
- An Anthology of Tienve 1, Australia, 2007

Major awards
- CHCPI, Sorbonne University (France), Cham Literature I, 1995
- Ethnic Literature Committee (Vietnam Writers’ Association), Cham Literature II, 1996
- Vietnam Writers’ Association, Sunlight Tower (poems), 1997 & The Purification Festival in April (poems), 2003
- ASEAN Writers’ Award, The Purification Festival in April (poems), 2005
- Association of Vietnamese Folklorists, for Cham Literature – Long Poems, 2006
- Vietnam Ethnic Minorities’ Literature & Arts Association, for Cham Society & Culture: Researches & Dialogues (essays), 2003
& for Cham Sayings & Proverbs, 2006
- Vietnam Books Award, Cham – Vietnamese Dictionary, 2006
- Phan Chau Trinh Cultural Awards (on Research Ereas), 2009.

Office titles
- Chairperson for Literature Roundtable, Vietnam Writers’ Association, 2006
- Member of Executive Committee of Vietnam Ethnic Minorities’ Literature & Arts Association, head of Theory and criticism section (2005-2010)
- Vice-president of Ethnic Literature department, Vietnam Writers’ Association, term of office 2000-2005 and 2006-2010

Award titles
- Culture Person of the Year, VTV3 National TV Broadcaster, 2005
- Artist of the Year, VTV1 National TV Broadcaster, 2005.
- Medal “For the cause of Vietnamese arts and literature”, Vietnam Union of Science & Technology Associations
- Medal “For the Young Generation”, Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, 2009
- Member of Poetry Committee of Vietnam Writers’ Association (2010-2015).

Essays on Inrasara
- Discover the world of Inrasara’s poetry Art, Le Thi Tuyet Lan & Nguyen Thi Thu Huong, scientific research, University of Social Sciences and Humanities of Ho Chi Minh City, 2008
- Inrasara’s Poetry, Tran Xuan Quynh, Ph.D. Essay on Philology, Vietnamese Literature Department, Da Lat University, 2008
- The world of Inrasara’s poetry Art, Vo Thi Hanh Thuy, Ph.D. Essay on Philology, Modern Vietnamese Literature Department, Literature Institute, 2008
- Inrasara’s Itinerary of renewing Poetry, Le Thi Viet Ha, Ph.D. Essay on Philology, Literature Theory Department, Vinh University, 2009
- And 12 other Graduation essays.

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