Alexandrine Vo (b. 1986) grew up in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, and is currently living and working 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 poets at the age of thirteen, Alexandrine has been writing for over fifteen years. At age sixteen, she was the only public school student in her state granted a writing honor by the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE). 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, her meeting with the poet W.S. Merwin solidified the decision to begin studying poetry formally at the Ezra Pound Center for Literature in Italy. This life-altering course led her to Boston University where she became a Robert Pinsky Global Fellow and a George Starbuck Fellow, holding an MFA in Creative Writing.
Her poems have been published in England, Ireland, France, and the U.S., appearing in Salamander, Poetry Ireland Review, Popshot Magazine, Painted Bride Quarterly, Bellevue Literary Review, CALYX, The Bitter Oleander, and Fjords Review, among others. Alexandrine is the Featured Poet in The Stinging Fly’s Winter 2013-14 issue. Her work has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets 2018. Recently published poems may be found in The Carolina Quarterly (5/2018) and The American Poetry Review (7/2018), and are anthologized in Two Countries: U.S. Daughters and Sons of Immigrant Parents (Red Hen Press). She has completed a first full-length collection, As Though We Are One, which was named Finalist for the 2015 Kundiman Poetry Prize, and is currently at work on her second collection, The Gallant South.