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Straddling Cultures: The Writings of Linh Dinh

Straddling Cultures: The Writings of Linh Dinh

A colloquium with Vietnamese American poet and translator Linh Dinh

Tuesday, May 15, 2007
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
10383 Bunche Hall
UCLA Campus
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Photo by Bobby Byrd:  Linh Dinh straddles the border between the United States and Mexico at El Paso/Ciudad Juarez.

Linh Dinh will read from his books of stories and poetry, including his latest, Jam Alerts (Chax Press 2007). He will also discuss and read works of contemporary Vietnamese poets, in his translations.
Linh Dinh was born in Saigon, Vietnam in 1963, came to the US in 1975, and has also lived in Italy and England. He is the author of two collections of stories, Fake House (Seven Stories Press 2000) and Blood and Soap (Seven Stories Press 2004), and four books of poems, All Around What Empties Out (Tinfish 2003), American Tatts (Chax 2005), Borderless Bodies (Factory School 2006) and Jam Alerts (Chax 2007).

His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, Best American Poetry 2004, Best American Poetry 2007 and Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, among other places. Linh Dinh is also the editor of the anthologies Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (Seven Stories Press 1996) and Three Vietnamese Poets (Tinfish 2001), and translator of Night, Fish and Charlie Parker, The Poetry of Phan Nhien Hao (Tupelo 2006). Blood and Soap was chosen by the Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004.

His poems and stories have been translated into Italian, Spanish, German, Dutch, Japanese and Arabic. He has also published widely in Vietnamese.

Parking in UCLA's Lot 3 costs $8.

Cost : Free and open to the public.


Sponsor(s): Center for Southeast Asian Studies