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Linh Dinh

Linh Dinh

  A native of Vietnam, Mr. Dinh has translated Vietnamese poetry in addition
to writing original poems and prose. As founder and editor of The Drunken
Boat, a Philadelphia literary journal, he published the work of poets and
artists as well as anonymous "found" literature in the form of letters and
journals. He is on the Philadelphia Art in City Hall Advisory Committee 
and is active within the community of Philadelphia's alternative
galleries, cooperatives, and non-profit arts organizations. In addition to
his writing and visual arts activities, Mr. Dinh acted as was Guest
Curator of the exhibit "Toys and Incense" at the Levy Gallery at Moore 
College of Art and Design in which the role of improvisation and the play
in contemporary visual art was explored.

Linh Dinh is the author of two collections of stories, Fake House (Seven
Stories Press 2000) and Blood and Soap (Seven Stories Press 2004), and two
books of poems, All Around What Empties Out (Tinfish 2003) and American
Tatts (Chax 2004). His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry
2000 (Scribner 2000), Best American Poetry 2004 (Scribner 2004) and Great
American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present (Scribner 2003), among other
places. He is also the editor of the anthologies Night, Again:
Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (Seven Stories Press 1996) and Three
Vietnamese Poets (Tinfish 2001).

No border separates Linh Dinh's poetry from his painting. In writings
which allude to current events, politics, and art history, or in paintings
in which fragmentary objects are iconically isolated on spare color fields
or familiar masterpieces of Impressionism are mysteriously depopulated and
rendered as vacant landscape, Mr. Dinh's overlapping interests are
immediately apparent.

* PennSound page (audio recordings):
http://www.writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Dinh.html

* a review of Linh Dinh's "All Around What Empties Out":
http://www.raintaxi.com/online/2003fall/dinh.shtml

* a poem by Linh Dinh:
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/xconnect/v4/i2/g/dinh1.html

* "An Introduction to Three Vietnamese Poets," an essay by Linh Dinh:
http://tech1.dccs.upenn.edu/xconnect/v6/i2/g/dinh.html

* another poem by Linh Dinh, "A Childhood in Vermont":
http://ccat.sas.upenn.edu/xconnect/v4/i2/g/dinh2.html

Courses Taught

spring 2007

ENGL 111.302 Poetry and Poetics