Professor Nguyen Thanh Viet (Photo: vietnguyen.info)

According to the website of the Pulitzer Council, Nguyen Thanh Viet is currently a professor at the University of Southern California and a commentator for the New York Times.

Accordingly, he has become one of the 19 members of the Pulitzer Prize Jury Council, selected from excellent journalists or veteran American media figures, as well as figures in fields of academic, culture and arts. Each member of the Jury Council may serve three terms, each lasting three years.

"The impressive experiences of Nguyen Thanh Viet as a novelist, journalist, essay writer and scholar make him a great newcomer to the jury amid a turbulent era," Mr. Stephen Engelberg and Mrs. Aminda Marqués Gonzalez, Co-Chairs of the Pulitzer Prize Jury, when evaluating the participation of the Vietnamese origin writer

"It is an honor to be selected on the Pulitzer Prize Board. As a lucky Pulitzer Prize successor, I understand how the award will affect the writer's career and the perceptions of readers. I am glad to join the important work of the council," Professor Nguyen Thanh Viet recently shared on his personal Twitter.

Writer Nguyen Thanh Viet was born in 1971 in Dak Lak province. He went to live in the US when he was 4 years old. In 2016, his first novel “The Sympathizer” won the Pulitzer Prize for fictional work and many other awards later. In 2017, Nguyen Thanh Viet's collection of short stories named “The Refugees” was published in Vietnam.

His most recent work is “Chicken of the Sea”, a children's book written with his 6-year-old son. He is completing “The Committed”, the next book of “The Sympathizer” novel, which is scheduled to be released in March 2021.

The annual Pulitzer Prize is named after pioneering newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer, editor of the New York World, and awarded at Columbia University since 1917. The award covers many fields, extending well beyond journalism and literature./.

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