A graduate from Boston University’s Creative Writing Program, Binh Nguyen has been writing poetry for almost fifteen years. 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 in history, memory, and travel.
After receiving a Gates Scholarship, Binh 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.
Binh’s 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). She is the Featured Poet in The Stinging Fly’s winter 2013-14 issue. Forthcoming works will appear in S/V Magazine (Fall 2013), and will be anthologized in Best Emerging Poets of 2013 and Two Countries Anthology (2014). Works in collaboration with Iranian visual artist, Roya Amigh, will be in Clarion (2013).
Now living in New York City, Binh works in the civic sector, dealing with domestic violence, sexual abuse, and human trafficking. She is also completing her first collection, As Though We Are One.