Linh Dinh - Picador Guest Professor in the winter semester 2015/16
Vietnamese-born and US-educated Linh Dinh is a successful poet, translator and literary and art critic. A graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, he has received a lot of attention for his sociocritical photographs.
His poems and short stories have been featured in numerous periodicals and anthologies such as Watermark, Best American Poetry, Bold Words: A Century of Asian American Writing, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation et cetera. The Village Voice picked his collection of short stories Blood and Soap as one of the best books of the year 2004. From 2002 until 2004 he spent two years in Certaldo, Italy, as a guest of the International Parliament of Writers, in 2005 he was a David Wong Fellow at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England.
In 2017 he published a series of stories he compilated during his travels across the U.S. by public transport. He photographed and interviewed strangers create a very special project. His latest poetry collection, A Mere Rica, was also published in 2017. Dinh is the recipient of a Pew Foundation Grant, the David T. Wong Fellowship, a Lannan residency, and the Asian American Literary Award.