And So I Was Blessed combines songs of innocence with songs of experience, sometimes in the same poem. They take us on a journey with an Asian American speaker in search of a lost home,but along with discovering his Americanness abroad, we sense his depth of humanity no matter where he lands.
—Floyd Cheung, Professor of English, Smith College
Bunkong Tuon writes with clarity, honesty, and depth of feeling about the Cambodian-American experience like no one else. The pain of prejudice and loss, the struggle with identity, the hope and joy that family past and present bring. This book is a blessing for all readers.
—Jim McCord, Emeritus Professor of English, Union College
In Bunkong Tuon’s second collection, And So I Was Blessed, we go with him as he visits his father's village. His grandmother, aunts, and uncles welcome him warmly, passing down family folklore with humor, and he learns all about the love his father had for him, the love he always missed. Gratefully, he accepts these gifts, these blessings, and brings them home to his wife, his newborn daughter, and to us, his most fortunate readers, to enrich our lives.
—Tony Gloeggler, author of Until the Last Light Leaves
Bunkong Tuon is a writer, critic, and associate professor of English at Union College, in Schenectady, NY. His criticism on Southeast Asian American literature has been published in Comparative Literature Studies, MELUS, Mosaic, Children's Literature Quarterly, among others. His poetry has appeared in Paterson Literary Review, Chiron Review, Consequence, Poetry Quarterly, The Mekong Review, Numéro Cinq, and others. He is a contributor to Cultural Weekly. Gruel, his first poetry collection, was published in 2015 (NYQ Books).