Alexandrine Vo was born in the countryside of Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, and is currently living in New York City. She grew up in a Mahayana Buddhist family, and developed a love for the music and mystery of language through learning to memorize the Sutras. With a passion for journaling and sound recording as part of her working process, her point of entry often begins with history, memory, and travel.
First appearing in an anthology of Southern young poets at the age of thirteen, Alexandrine has been writing poetry for fifteen years. A Gates Scholar, she earned BA degrees in literature and philosophy from Baylor University, where she was encouraged by former New York Poet Laureate, Jean Valentine, to pursue writing. While in a PhD program, she began to study poetry formally at the Ezra Pound Center for Literature in Italy, thereafter becoming a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow and a George Starbuck Fellow at Boston University, holding an MFA in Creative Writing.
Formerly publishing under her birth name, Binh Nguyen, recent poems have appeared in Salamander, Poetry Ireland Review, Popshot Magazine, Painted Bride Quarterly, CALYX, Palimpsest, and Kin, among others. Alexandrine is the Featured Poet in The Stinging Fly’s Winter 2013-14 issue. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and forthcoming poems are in S/V Magazine, and will be anthologized in Best Emerging Poets of 2013 and Two Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents. She has completed a first full-length collection, As Though We Are One, and is currently at work on her second collection, The Gallant South.