Linh Dinh

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Linh Dinh
Linh Dinh, reading at the Asian American Literature Festival, Washington, D.C (27 July 2017)
Linh Dinh, reading at the Asian American Literature Festival, Washington, D.C (27 July 2017)
Born1963 (age 59–60)
Saigon (now known as Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam
NationalityVietnamese, American
Notable awardsPew Fellowship

Linh Dinh (Vietnamese: Đinh Linh, born 1963, Saigon, Vietnam) is a Vietnamese-American poet, fiction writer, translator, and photographer.[1]

He was a 1993 Pew Fellow.[2] He writes a column for The Unz Review.


Dinh came to the US in 1975, lived in Philadelphia and in 2018 is moving back to Vietnam.[3][4]

In 2005, he was a David Wong fellow at the University of East Anglia, in Norwich, England.[5][6] He spent 2002–2003 in Italy as a guest of the International Parliament of Writers and the town of Certaldo.[7][8]

He was a visiting faculty member at University of Pennsylvania.[9] From 2015–2016, Dinh was the Picador Guest Professor for Literature at the University of Leipzig's Institute for American Studies in Leipzig, Germany.[10]


He is the author of two collections of stories, Fake House[11] and Blood and Soap, and five books of poems: All Around What Empties Out,[12] American Tatts, Borderless Bodies, Jam Alerts, and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy. His first novel, Love Like Hate, was published in October 2010 and won the Balcones Fiction Prize.

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. The Village Voice picked his Blood and Soap as one of the best books of 2004.[13] Translated into Italian by Giovanni Giri, it is published in Italy as Elvis Phong è Morto.


Publishers Weekly reviews Linh Dinh's American Tatts:

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 semi-literate 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.[citation needed]



  • 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




  • Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (Seven Stories Press 1996)[15]
  • Three Vietnamese Poets, translations (Tinfish, 2001)[16]
  • Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam, anthology, Seven Stories, 1996, ISBN 978-1-888363-02-9



  1. ^ "Linh Dinh". Vietnam Literature Project (VNLP). Retrieved 1 March 2020.
  2. ^ "Đinh Linh: Thi Văn Định Mệnh". Archived from the original on 2009-10-13. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  3. ^ "Poet is latest in literature series". Union-Tribune Publishing Co. October 25, 2006. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  4. ^ "Go Where You Don't Belong; An Interview with Author Linh Dinh". Neonpajamas. 2018-05-20. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  5. ^ Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership. "2009/10 David T.K. Wong Fellowship". Archived from the original on 2010-10-19. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  6. ^ "Linh Dinh-Eating Fried Chicken". Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  7. ^ TinFish Press. "All Around What Empties Out - by Linh Dinh". Archived from the original on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  8. ^ Linh Dinh (2004). "Acknowledgements". Blood and soap: stories. Seven Stories Press. ISBN 978-1-58322-642-1.
  9. ^ "Faculty". Retrieved 2010-10-09.
  10. ^ American Studies Leipzig (September 10, 2015). "Next Picador Professor Linh Dinh". Retrieved 2015-09-25.
  11. ^ "Fake House". Philadelphia City Paper. January 11–18, 2001. Archived from the original on 2009-04-16. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  12. ^ "Excerpts from A L L _ A R O U N D _ T H A T _ E M P T I E S _ O U T". TinFish. TinFish Press. Archived from the original on 17 July 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  13. ^ "Our 27 favorite books of the year". Village Voice. 2008-01-22. Archived from the original on 2008-09-06. Retrieved 5 June 2018.
  14. ^ Night, Fish, and Charlie Parker. "Phan Nhien Hao". Archived from the original on 2008-05-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  15. ^ Rubin, Merle (October 2, 2000). "Tales of the World's 'Unchosen' Misfits". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
  16. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-17. Retrieved 2010-10-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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