Nguyen Do


San Francisco Bay Area

Author's Bio

A poet of composing, editing and translating poetry, and a devotee of classical music and tennis, lives at San Francisco Bay Area. For most entire his life since moving to the US at 1999, only some solid things he does every single day: to write or translate poetry or something relates to the arts, to watch some games of tennis or soccer or golf, to talk to some girls then at around 5 p.m to play at least 1 hour tennis.
Nguyen Do has been published 13 books. His poetry collections include "The Fish Wharf and The Autumn Evening" (in collaboration with Thanh Thao, Culture and Information Department of Gialai Kontum province,1988,) "The Empty Space"(The Publisher of Vietnamese Association Writers, 1991), and "New Darkness" (The Publisher of Vietnamese Association Writers, 2009.) With Paul Hoover, he edited and translated "Black Dog, Black Night", an anthology of contemporary Vietnamese poetry (Milkweed Editions, 2008), "Beyond the Court Gate" Selected poetry of Nguyen Trai (Counterpath Press, 2010), "12+3" selected poetry of Thanh Thao, bilingual edition edited (Association Writers of Vietnam, 2008), and "Returning to Con Son" Selected poetry of Nguyen Trai, bilingual edition edited and with photographs by Nguyen Duy (Saigon Culture Publisher, 2009.) He also edited and translated Allen Ginsberg, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams...into Vietnamese.
Nguyen Do was born in Ha Tinh province in 1959 and moved to Hanoi as a youth, took degrees in Surveying from Hanoi Construction College and in literature from Vinh University, worked as an editor and reporter for a literary review and other newspapers and magazines before moving to the United States to study English and journalism. Today, he continues to collaborate with Paul Hoover other projects such as his own poetry collection and an ambitious poetry anthology, “Four thousand years poetry of Vietnam”.
Nguyen Do's poetry has been translated to English, German, French and he has been given reading in many universities, poetry organizations and radios around the world.

Publications & Prizes

Litfinder (Gale Research Company, 2011)
Black Dog, Black Night (Milkweed Editions, 2008)
Beyond the Court Gate (Counterpath Press, 2010)
Boston Book Review
Cerise Press
Cipher Journal
New American Writing
Parthenon West Review
Spillway Magazine
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Yoga Journal
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In 2005, awarded a grant by Poetry Foundation from New York City “for his contribution to poetry of the world”. In 2008, the anthology “Black Dog, Black Night” was named as “The Best Anthology of Year” by Coldfront Magazine.

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Asian American
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Hatinh, Vietnam
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Hanoi, CA
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Last update: Mar 07, 2017