Linh Dinh was born in Vietnam in 1963, came to the US in 1975, and has also lived in Italy and England. He's the author of two collections of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five books of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). His work has been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007 and Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, among many other places. He's also the editor of the anthologies Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and Three Vietnamese Poets (2001), and translator of Night, Fish and Charlie Parker, the poetry of Phan Nhien Hao (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, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and he's been invited to read his work in London, Cambridge, Paris, Berlin, Reykjavik, Toronto and all over the U.S. Addressing our nation in crisis, he has published political essays in Common Dreams, Counterpunch and Dissident Voice, as well as traveling across the country to take photos for his ambitious blog, State of the Union. His photography has been featured in the Brazilian webzine, Sibila, and the Japanese journal, Monkey Business, among other places.