Who is Y Nhi?
Y Nhi is a Vietnamese poet.
She grew up in Hanoi. Her father is a well-known playwright Hoang Chau Ky and her husband is professor Nguyen Loc, a former dean of literature department of Hanoi University and the president of Van Hien University. Y Nhi graduated from Hanoi University, where she studied literature in 1968, and lives in Ho Chi Minh City as a branch manager and editor of the Writers Association' s publishing group. She was a journalist during the war and is member of the Vietnamese Writer Association.
Y Nhi has published ten poetry collections, including A Woman Knitting, which won the "National Book of the Year Award" in 1984 and two short story collections. With Thanh Thao, Nguyen Duy and others, Y Nhi is associated with the Vietnam-American war period but has become better known as a postwar poet. She is one of very few female poets who have attracted the attention of readers by referring to the fate of women in Vietnam. Her poems are among the most modern in emotion and form. Y Nhi’s poetry is characterized by the softness, silence, and loneliness of a woman who last experienced great loss, such as love, in her life. Her work often carries a tone of sadness and sorrow. Y Nhi's poetry has been translated into numerous languages such as Russian, French, Spanish, German and English and included in many literary magazines and anthologies around the world, especially in the Vietnamese contemporary poetry anthology Black Dog, Black Night.