writer | artist | educator | curator
Welcome! My name is Y-Bình Nguyễn (they/she) and I am a communal mythology storyteller, multi-media artist, budding agriculturalist, and avid eyeliner enthusiast. My writing focuses on eco-resistance sci-fi, transgenerational trauma & healing, critical compassion, queer coming of age love stories, diaspora hustles and bustles, and visionary fiction by way of recognizing the power of making space for past, present, and future ancestors to heal and build new worlds. I like to find the heroes in the esoteric aunties, shy siblings, and liberated queer cousins–while unearthing stories of resistance and solidarity.I am based in the indigenous land of the Pennacook, Abenaki and Wabanaki Peoples–Lawrence, MA, USA.I am also a potter and painter. Get comfy, stay a little and explore my work for as long as you'd like~
Y-Bình Nguyễn (she/they) is a proud daughter of American War in Vietnam refugees, descendent from a rural farming community in An Giang, Việt Nam, and situated in Lawrence, Massachusetts. They are currently the Literary Curator & Program Director at El Taller Bookstore & Café, Co-Founder of Exposed Brick Literary Magazine & Hai Bá Nguyễn, and the Writer-in-Residence of the inaugural cohort of artists at the Lawrence Arts Collective.Y-Binh’s poetry and prose focuses on the themes of transgenerational trauma & healing, critical compassion, queer coming of age love stories, diaspora hustles and bustles, eco-resistance sci-fi, ancestral memory, and visionary fiction.As a passionate educator with a praxis of communal learning, one of Y-Binh’s favorite places in the world to teach and learn is Mamelodi, South Africa. On sunny days, you can find them relearning how to grow food and cooking with their mẹ, teaching ceramic classes in The Garden, expanding their collection of locally-made art made by creatives of color, and figuring out how to be the best role model for her younger sisters (Bảo Trân and pup Nieves).
from seeds to marketplaces, 2nd Edition, print in Lawrence, MA (May 2022)
mourning those who are still living, poetry & design installation at El Taller in collaboration with Tina Thu & Sherly Garcia (May 20th - June 11th)
"What does puss have to do with healing?" in Red Pocket Press' Year of the Water Tiger Zine
"phở" in Homology Lit- issue seven
from seeds to marketplaces, All Prose Publishing (2021)
"why my mom gambles" in Project Yellow Dress
"Cultural Studies" and "an exception" in Harvard’s Freedom School Magazine
run( )away in Vănguard Zine
Essex County Creates animated interview on Exposed Brick Literary Magazine
" Boundless Land" Audiogram, live recording from Exposed Brick Literary Magazine ISSUE TWO Launch Party created by the Essex County Community Foundation for the Creative County Initiative.
For acquisition of any forthcoming work, please reach out to Y-Bình's agent: Tricia Lawrence at Erin Murphy Literary Agency.For speaking engagements and workshops, please reach out via email. To stay updated on the writing and artistic journey, follow on Instagram.
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from seeds to marketplaces
Y-Bình's first collection of poetry.
Available exclusively at El Taller!
Cover art by Danthanh Trinh & hand-lettering by Bảo Trân Nguyễn. Featured poems by Nicole Morris, JTT, ole, Gladys Wangeci Gitau-Damaskos, & Kaira Lopez. Published by All Prose Publishing.2nd Edition Print
Printed in Lawrence, MA
Perfect Bound, 170 pages
Currently not taking commissions,
but thank you for thinking of me.