Wayne Karlin Biography
Wayne Karlin is an American author, teacher, and editor. His books include Wandering Souls, Marble Mountain, War Movies: Journeys to Vietnam, The Wished-For Country, Prisoners, Rumors and Stones, Crossover, Lost Armies, The Extras, and Us.
Wayne Karlin Age
He was born on June 13, 1945, in Los Angeles, California.
Wayne Karlin Spouse
He is married to Ohnmar Thein Karlin.
Wayne Karlin Notable works
His notable work includes Rumors and Stones Lost Armies.
Wayne Karlin Early life, military career, and college.
He attended White Plains High School, in New York. From 1963-1967 he served in the Marine Corps. During the Vietnam war, he was a helicopter gunner. His decorations include the Vietnam Service Medal, the Air Medal, a Presidential Unit Citation, and the Combat Air Crew Badge with three stars.
In 1970 he received a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from the American College in Jerusalem. He later received his Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Goddard College in 1976.
Professional career and post-war
He is a professor of Languages and Literature at the College of Southern Maryland, where he has taught since the mid-1980s. He also worked as American editor of the Curbstone Press Voices from Vietnam series of books.
That series includes The Other Side of Heaven: Postwar Fiction by Vietnamese and American Writers (1995), which he co-edited with Lê Minh Khuê and Truong Lu; The Stars, The Earth, The River: Short Fiction by Lê Minh Khuê(1997); Behind the Red Mist: Fiction by Hồ Anh Thái (1998); Against the Flood, a novel by Ma Văn Kháng (2000); Past Continuous, a novel by Nguyễn Khải(2001); The Cemetery of Chua Village and Other Stories by Đoàn Lê; (2005), Love After War: Contemporary Fiction from Viet Nam, co-edited with Hồ Anh Thái (2005), An Insignificant Family, by Dạ Ngân (2009), and Apocalypse Bell, by Hồ Anh Thái (2012), published by the Texas Tech University Press.
He also adapted and edited In whose Eyes the memoir of Vietnamese filmmaker Trần Văn Thủy, published by the University of Massachusetts Press in October 2016. He was the scriptwriters and served as a technical consultant and acted in the feature film Song of the Stork, a Vietnamese–Singaporean co-production, which won awards at several film festivals in Europe and Asia.
Wayne Karlin Awards
He has received five State of MarylandIndividual Artist Awards in Fiction, two fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Paterson Prize in Fiction and the Vietnam Veterans of American excellence in the Arts Award. Prisoners were named an Outstanding Novel of 1998 in the Dictionary of Literary Biography Yearbook and The Wished-For Country was selected as an Outstanding Novel in the 2002 Yearbook.