Dao Strom is the Oregon-based author/musician of two books of fiction and the hybrid-forms memoir We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People + music album East/West. She has a bilingual poetry book forthcoming in 2018 with the Hanoi-based Ajar Press. Her work has received support from RACC, National Endowment for the Arts, Precipice Fund, and others. She was a 2016 Creative Capital Artist.
Eric Nguyen has a MFA in creative writing from McNeese State University and BA in sociology from the University of Maryland. He has been awarded writing fellowships from the Lambda Literary Foundation and Voices of Our Nation Arts (VONA).
Jade Hidle holds an MFA in creative writing from CSU Long Beach and a PhD in literature from UC San Diego. She is a faculty member in the Letters Department at MiraCosta College. Her non-fiction has been collected in a book titled The Return to Viet Nam, released by Transcurrent Press. Her work has also appeared in the Columbia Journal, New Delta Review, International Journal of Comic Art, and The Ethnic Studies Review.
Jiny Ung creates illustrations for diaCRITICS. She specializes in illustration and animation. Current animation projects focus on themes of guilt, loss, and queerness. She is the creator of queer sketches which chronicles the journey of queer animal-robot-fruit hybrids. She is one-half of everyday armada with Hanalei Ramos, an interdisciplinary arts collective.
Karin Aguilar-San Juan accompanied nine Vietnam antiwar activists to Hanoi in 2013 and co-edited a book with Frank Joyce titled The People Make the Peace: Lessons from the Vietnam Antiwar Movement. She also wrote Little Saigons: Staying Vietnamese in America. She teaches American Studies at Macalester College and lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Khanh Ho is an assistant professor of English at Grinnell College. He is working on a scholarly book reassessing spirituality in Asian American literature. Before academia and for a brief, glorious period of three years, he traveled those parts of the world that could best be enjoyed on a budget and a backpack. He is a managing editor for diaCRITICS.
Julie Thi Underhill works in essay, poetry, film/video, photography, performance, and fine art. Publications include Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora, among others. She holds a BA from The Evergreen State College and MA from UC Berkeley.
Linh Dinh is the author of two story collections, Fake House (2000) and Blood and Soap (2004); five books of poems, most recently Some Kind of Cheese Orgy (2009); and a novel, Love Like Hate (2010). He also edited Night, Again: Contemporary Fiction from Vietnam (1996) and Three Vietnamese Poets (2001).
Viet Thanh Nguyen is the author of The Sympathizer, which won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, and a story collection, The Refugees, as well as the nonfiction texts Nothing Ever Dies and Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America. He received a MacArthur Genius Grant in 2017.