Dinh came to the US in 1975, and is living in Philadelphia. In 2005, he was a David Wong fellow at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England. He spent 2002—2003 in Italy as a guest of the International Parliament of Writers and the town of Certaldo. He was a visiting faculty member at University of Pennsylvania. From 2015—2016, Dinh was the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig's Institute for American Studies in Leipzig, Germany.
He is the author of two collections of stories, Fake House (Seven Stories Press, 2000) and Blood and Soap (Seven Stories Press, 2004), and five books of poems, All Around What Empties Out (Tinfish, 2003), American Tatts (Chax, 2005), Borderless Bodies (Factory School, 2006), Jam Alerts (Chax, 2007), and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (Chax, 2009). His first novel Love Like Hate (Seven Stories Press) was published in October 2010.
His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, Best American Poetry 2004, The Best American Poetry 2007, and Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, among other places. The Village Voice picked his Blood and Soap as one of the best books of 2004. Translated into Italian by Giovanni Giri, it is published in Italy as Elvis Phong è Morto.
The second effort in verse from this rising star of the small-press world turns his considerable powers to the depiction of acrid ironies, unmitigated disgust and politically charged gall. One of its opening poems imagines the poet as a half-knight, half-corpse "Cadavalier," exclaiming, "This pinkish universe is really nothing/ But a flocculation of my desires." A fast-moving poem called "Pick-Up Lines"—one of many about sexual discomfort—instructs a lover to "listen to my effluvium." Dinh (All Around What Empties Out) often imitates (or perhaps quotes) subliterary material: online personal ads, instant messaging, brochures and corporatespeak ("We've entered a new level of parking consciousness"), confessions of X-rated adventures by semiliterate writers. His swift lines also portray the kind of grotesque caricature ("The day before her abortion,/ The one-eyed lady accidentally swallowed her glass eye") used manipulatively in politics. Exploring disgust while toying with frames and assumptions, the poet becomes in one sense a real heir to Charles Bukowski; in another, he joins other younger poets (such as Drew Gardner and K. Silem Mohammad) in a movement toward hard-edged, provocative parody. It might be hard to call Dinh's volume pleasing, but readers of a certain temperament may well find it irresistible.
He has translated many international poets into Vietnamese, and many Vietnamese poets and fiction writers into English, including Nguyen Quoc Chanh, Tran Vang Sao, Van Cam Hai and Nguyen Huy Thiep.
- Some Kind of Cheese Orgy, Chax Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-925904-78-2
- Jam Alerts, Chax Press, 2007, ISBN 9780925904683
- Lĩnh Đinh Chích Khoái, (Nhà xuất bản Giấy Vụn, Sài Gòn, 11.2007)
- Borderless Bodies, poetry (Factory School, 2006)
- American Tatts, poetry Chax Press, 2005, ISBN 978-0-925904-55-3
- All Around What Empties Out, Subpress, 2003, ISBN 978-1-930068-19-3
- Drunkard Boxing, Singing Horse Press, 1998, ISBN 978-0-935162-18-9
- Blood and Soap, stories. Seven Stories Press. 2004. ISBN 978-1-58322-642-1. Translated into Japanese (Hayakawa Publishing, 2008) and Italian (Spartaco, 2006), as Elvis Phong è Morto!.
- Fake House. Seven Stories Press. 2000. ISBN 978-1-58322-039-9.
- Love Like Hate, Seven Stories Press, 2010, ISBN 978-1-58322-909-5
- Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (Seven Stories Press 1996)
- Three Vietnamese Poets, translations (Tinfish, 2001)
- Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam, anthology, Seven Stories, 1996, ISBN 978-1-888363-02-9
- Rajini Srikanth, Esther Yae Iwanaga, eds. (2001). "The Dead". Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing. Rutgers University Press. ISBN 0-8135-2966-2.
- Heather McHugh, David Lehman, eds. (2007). "Continuous Bullets over Flattened Earth; A Super-Clean Country". The Best American Poetry 2007. Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-9973-2.
- Đinh Linh: Thi Văn Định Mệnh
- "Poet is latest in literature series". SignOnSanDiego.co. Union-Tribune Publishing Co. October 25, 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
- Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership. "2009/10 David T.K. Wong Fellowship". Apwriters.org. Archived from the original on 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
- "Linh Dinh-Eating Fried Chicken". Asianamericanpoetry.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
- TinFish Press. "All Around What Empties Out - by Linh Dinh". Tinfishpress.com. Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
- Linh Dinh (2004). "Acknowledgements". Blood and soap: stories. Seven Stories Press. ISBN 978-1-58322-642-1.
- "Faculty". Writing.upenn.edu. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
- American Studies Leipzig (September 10, 2015). "Next Picador Professor Linh Dinh". Retrieved 2015-09-25.
- "Fake House". Philadelphia City Paper. January 11–18, 2001. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
- A A A Comments (0) Tuesday, Nov 30 2004 (2004-11-30). "Books - Page 1 - Books - New York". Village Voice. Archived from the original on 2008-09-06. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
- Rubin, Merle (October 2, 2000). "Tales of the World's 'Unchosen' Misfits". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
- "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
- AsianAmericanPoetry.Com Poet Profile On Linh Dinh
- "Linh Dinh", PennSound
- "Most Beautiful Words: Linh Dinh’s Poetics of Disgust", Jacket 27, Susan M. Schultz
- "The Personal Becomes Political: The PowerfulL Intensity of Linh Dinh", Marianne Villanueva, Pacific Rim Review of Books
- "Linh Dinh with Matthew Sharpe", The Brooklyn Rail, May 2004
- Robert Malloy (January 11–18, 2001). "He Went Thataway". Philadelphia City Paper.
- Casino Time essay by Dinh on the economic and social distinctions that are circumvented (or not) by the terms "recession" and "depression"
- Postcards from the End of America This is Dinh's own photo blog that was formerly called "State of the Union," but now renamed. Through a combination of essays (both photographic and words), Dinh has been "tracking our deteriorating socialscape".
- "Linh Dinh", Vietnam Lit