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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

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Tina-and-friend--Camden-2










Tina Marie McGuinness, 22, has spent seven months at the Camden tent city. She left briefly, then came back. Shown on Fox News, she said that she grew up dreaming of becoming Miss New Jersey. Speaking to me the other day, however, she claimed that she was Miss New Jersey for 2005, and only skipped the national pageant because of "personal problems." Her fiancée, living with his mom, visits her every day. Tina's own mother, living not far away, was seen on TV sobbing dramatically, "Oh, that's my baby... I just want to hug her."



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Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy and England. I'm the author of two books of stories, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004), five of poems, All Around What Empties Out (2003), American Tatts (2005), Borderless Bodies (2006), Jam Alerts (2007) and Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009), and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). I've been anthologized in Best American Poetry 2000, 2004, 2007, Great American Prose Poems from Poe to the Present, Postmodern American Poetry: a Norton Anthology (vol. 2) and Hopeless: Barack Obama and the Politics of Illusion, among other places. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013), and translator of Night, Fish and Charlie Parker, the poetry of Phan Nhien Hao (2006). Blood and Soap was chosen by Village Voice as one of the best books of 2004. My writing has been translated into Italian, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Portuguese, Japanese, Korean, Arabic, Icelandic and Finnish, and I've been invited to read in London, Cambridge, Brighton, Paris, Berlin, Reykjavik, Toronto and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.