Unreliable Narrators: Episode 2

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A literary podcast created by NOCCA Creative Writing students Izzy Chaplain, Meredith DeLong, Libby Northup, Paul Reiger, Ida Schenk and Ruby Whitaker under the guidance of writer, podcaster and NOCCA faculty member Anya Groner. Special thanks to Joe Ceponis and the Media Arts department for their assistance in recording.

In this podcast the students interview New Orleans-based authors about their exciting debut novels.

Episode 2:

“Predicting the Past”

In this episode we travel backwards in time thousands of years from New Orleans to Vietnam, encountering generations of rebellious and driven women in E.M. Tran’s novel, Daughters of the New Year. 

E.M Tran is a Vietnamese-American writer from New Orleans, Louisiana. Her writing can be found in places such as: The Georgia Review, Literary Hub, Joyland Magazine, Prairie Schooner, Harvard Review online and more. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at University of Mississippi and her PhD in Creative Writing and English from Ohio University. Her debut novel, Daughters of the New Year was released in October 11, 2022. E.M. Tran thoroughly enjoys watching and conversing about The Bachelor.

Daughters of the New Year written by E.M Tran follows the story of three Vietnamese sisters living in New Orleans and their ancestors back to Vietnam. As the plot moves back in time through their mother’s lineage, it reveals family history, trauma, and mother-daughter relationships a thousand years back.