Cathy Linh Che

Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James Books), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies.

Her work has been published in POETRY, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Gulf Coast. She has received awards from MacDowell, Djerassi, The Anderson Center, The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, Artist Trust, Hedgebrook, Poets House, Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, the Jerome Foundation. She has taught at the 92nd Street Y, New York University, Fordham University, Sierra Nevada College, and the Polytechnic University at NYU. She was Sierra Nevada College’s Distinguished Visiting Professor and Writer in Residence. She serves as Executive Director at Kundiman and lives in Queens.

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  1. […] Cathy Linh Che lives and works in Philadelphia. We spoke during the global COVID-19 pandemic when she was working on a poetry manuscript based on her parents experience as Vietnamese refugees. When they were in the refugee camp, they were extras in the movie Apocalypse Now. She has also been doing a daily writing practice with a group called The Grind. The work considers what beauty means in the context of someone who was sexually violated as a young person and how this colors one’s experience in their own body – there are also other tones in the writing. Additionally, she has been working on creating a project where her parents voices are heard over the famous Napalm scene in Apocalypse Now, in which they appear. To hear more from Cathy Linh Che, including further discussion about the film and how her work is a way of complicating the story, listen to the complete interview. […]

  2. […] Cathy Linh Che lives and works in Philadelphia. We spoke during the global COVID-19 pandemic when she was working on a poetry manuscript based on her parents experience as Vietnamese refugees. When they were in the refugee camp, they were extras in the movie Apocalypse Now. She has also been doing a daily writing practice with a group called The Grind. The work considers what beauty means in the context of someone who was sexually violated as a young person and how this colors one’s experience in their own body – there are also other tones in the writing. Additionally, she has been working on creating a project where her parents voices are heard over the famous Napalm scene in Apocalypse Now, in which they appear. To hear more from Cathy Linh Che, including further discussion about the film and how her work is a way of complicating the story, listen to the complete interview. […]