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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