Next Picador Professor Linh Dinh

American Studies Leipzig is honored to announce Linh Dinh as the holder of the Picador Guest Professorship for Literature in the winter term of 2015.

Linh Dinh is a poet, author, translator, critic, and photographer who was born in Saigon, Vietnam, and came to the United States at the age of 11, eventually settling in Philadelphia. He studied painting at the University of the Arts, Philadelphia, and has also lived in Italy and England. He is the author of numerous collections of poems (among them American TattsBorderless Bodies, and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy), two collections of short stories (Fake House and Blood and Soap), and one novel (Love Like Hate). 

Dinh is the recipient of the Asian American Literary Award as well as of a David T. Wong Fellowship, a Lannan Residency, and a Pew Foundation grant, among others. His work has appeared in a variety of anthologies, including Best American Poetry 20002004, and 2007Great American Prose Poems: From Poe to the Present, and Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation, and his poems and short stories have been translated into numerous languages, among them Italian, Spanish, Arabic, and Japanese. In addition to his work as an author and a poet, he has translated poems to and from English and Vietnamese and has edited poetry anthologies featuring Vietnamese authors.

His latest project, Postcards from the End of America, started as a photo blog to collect personal impressions and stories from strangers, many of them homeless people, Dinh met while traveling the US. It will be published as a book with Seven Stories Press, in which Dinh sets out to document what he sees as “the accelerating collapse of America.”

Professor Dinh will be teaching two classes during his term as the Picador Professor for Literature, a seminar on “American Political Dissent on the Internet, a Survey” and a creative writing workshop on “Grounded: Place Specific Creative Non-Fiction.”

The Picador Professorship for Literature at the University of Leipzig is unique in Germany. Located at the University's American Studies Program, it is based on a partnership between the Veranstaltungsforum der Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck, the DAAD, and the University of Leipzig. For more information on the Picador Professorship for Literature, please refer to

Meet Linh Dinh

American Studies Leipzig is very much interested in organizing Picador Professorship Events (readings, round tables, panel discussions, etc.) with local, regional, and national partners. If you are interested in inviting Linh Dinh for such events, please contact American Studies Leipzig directly ( to discuss possible arrangements.