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Paul Tran won the Discovery contest in 2018. They are poetry editor at The Offing and Chancellor's Graduate Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis. Their work appears in The New Yorker, Poetry and elsewhere, including the anthology Inheriting the War and movie Love Beats Rhymes. They are a recipient of a Ruth Lilly & Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from Poetry Magazine & Poetry Foundation, and are the first Asian American since 1993 and the first transgender poet to win the Nuyorican Poets Cafe Grand Slam, placing Top 10 at the Individual World Poetry Slam and Top 2 at the National Poetry Slam. They live in St. Louis. For more information, please visit https://iampaultran.com/
Below are Paul Tran’s poem “Our Lady of the Sacred Heart” and a handwritten version of that poem, originally printed in the Winners’ Reading program May 10, 2018, as well as a video excerpt of their reading from that night.