Cathy Linh Che is the author of Split (Alice James Books), winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. She has also received awards from Djerassi, The Anderson Center, and The Kimmel Harding Nelson Center in 2019 and 2020. Her work has been published in POETRY, Los Angeles Review of Books, and Gulf Coast. She has received awards from Poets & Writers, The Fine Arts Work Center at Provincetown, Hedgebrook, Poets House, The Anderson Center, The Asian American Literary Review, The Center for Book Arts, the Kimmel Harding Nelson Center, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s Workspace Residency, the Jerome Foundation, and Artist Trust. She has taught at the 92nd Street Y, New York University, Fordham University, Sierra Nevada College, and the Polytechnic University at NYU. She was Sierra Nevada College’s distinguished visiting professor and writer in residence. She serves as executive director at Kundiman.
During her residency at MacDowell, she worked on her manuscript of poems detailing her parents' experiences as Vietnamese refugees playing extras in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now.