Alexandrine Vo is a poet living and working in New York City. Born in Quang Nam Province, she grew up very near to Mahayana Buddhism, and developed a love for the music and mystery of language through learning to memorize the Sutras. With a passion for journaling and using recording devices 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 nearly fifteen years. A Gates Scholar, she earned BA degrees in literature and philosophy from Baylor University, where she was encouraged by New York’s 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 can be found in Salamander (Winter 2011/12), Poetry Ireland Review (Spring 2012), Popshot Magazine (Spring 2012), Painted Bride Quarterly (Summer 2012), CALYX (Summer 2012), Palimpsest (2012), and Kin Poetry Journal (May 2013). 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 will appear in S/V Magazine (Winter/Spring 2014), and will be anthologized in Best Emerging Poets of 2013 (2014) and Two Countries Anthology (2014). Currently, she is completing her first full-length collection, As Though We Are One.