Linh Dinh

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 2000, 2004, and 2007, Great 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.”