Contributors / December 2016 (Issue 34)

Lý Đợi
ImageBorn in 1978 in Khúc Lũy village of Quang Nam province, Lý Đợi currently lives with his wife and two daughters in Saigon, Vietnam. He holds a bachelor degree in literature and journalism (2001) and has published five poetry collections. In June 2005, he performed his poetry at the Goethe Institute in Hanoi with Bùi Chát and Khúc Duy but was met with resistance from the local authorities. In August 2007, he was the first artist from Vietnam to be invited to attend documenta 12 in Kassel, Germany. In October 2007, he co-curated the exhibition We Each Put Forward a Proposal with Lê Quý Anh Hào in Saigon. Lý Đợi's poetry has been translated into English, French, Spanish, German, Romanian and Czech. In 2015, an English translation of a group of his poems entitled Poetics of Resistance by Kelly Morse and Nga L.H. Nguyen won the Gabo Prize for Literature in Translation & Multi-Lingual Texts. In research, Lý Đợi has published three books on the subject of Saigon and completed two books on the Vietnamese art market (forthcoming). Active in the independent publishing scene, he is working at the Scrap Paper Publishing House  (of which Bùi Chát is the Editor in Chief), winner of the 2011 IPA Freedom to Publish Award. (Photo credit: Nguyen A) [A-Festival]

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