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Saturday, February 22, 2014



24-years-old, Steve has three kids with three different women. His oldest is a 8-year-old boy. Steve bought me a shot of Jameson, but tried to decline when I bought him a slug of Wild Turkey. He wasn't driving, but only taking the bus home. When I observed how friendly Youngstown seemed to be, Steve countered, "It's just this area, it's just this bar, the rest of it is ghetto!"

"There's a shooting, like, every night," added the bartender, Roxi.



steven andrew said...

Hey Linh this is Steven. I talked to you at the Draught House about poetry and this place called Greyland Gallery in Youngstown that you were pretty interested in at the time. Anyhow, I'd like to stay in touch and found no other way than this blog. If you do the Facebook thing you can find me here: and if my handwriting wasn't clear for my poetry site it's here: I hope to hear back from you and hope your journey back home to Phillie a was good. Take care -Steven (

Linh Dinh said...

Hi Steven,

I'll check out your site. From what I just saw, it looks great already. Yeah, it was really too bad I couldn't spend more time in Youngstown. I hope your performance went well that night. Hopefully I can catch you there in the future.


Linh Dinh said...

Hi Steven,

Also, the next time you're in the Draught House, please tell Roxi that I haven't sent her the photo because I can't find her email. I wasn't all there by the end, and even managed to lose my damn glasses. (They need to be replaced anyway, though.)


About Me

Born in Vietnam in 1963, I came to the US in 1975, and have also lived in Italy, England and Germany. 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 Flash Fiction International: Very Short Stories From Around the World, etc. I'm also editor of Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and The Deluge: New Vietnamese Poetry (2013). 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, Leipzig, Halle, Reykjavik, Toronto, Singapore and all over the US. I've also published widely in Vietnamese.