Born 1959 in Ha Tinh province, Vietnam, Nguyen Do graduated from Construction College of Hanoi as a surveyor and Vinh University as a teacher. He has been long made living as an editor and a journalist in Vietnam before going to the US.
As a poet, editor, and translator, Nguyen Do is an author of over a dozen literature collections. His books of poetry include The Fish Wharf and The Autumn Evening (in collaboration with Thanh Thao, Culture and Information Department of Gialai Kontum province, Vietnam, 1988), “The Empty Space” (The Publisher of Vietnamese Association Writers, 1991), and New Darkness (The Publisher of Vietnamese Association Writers, 2009.) With Paul Hoover he coedited and translated Black Dog, Black Night: Contemporary Vietnamese Poetry (Milkweed Editions, 2008), 12+3: Selected Poetry of Thanh Thao (Association Writers of Vietnam, 2008), Returning to Con Son: Selected Poetry of Nguyen Trai (Saigon Culture Publisher, 2009), and Beyond The Court Gate: Selected Poetry of Nguyen Trai (Counterpath Press, 2010). Nguyen Do has translated and published numerous American poets into Vietnamese such as Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, and Allen Ginsberg; his new translations of Ginsberg is forthcoming.
Nguyen Do’s poetry and his translation have been appeared in many anthologies, magazines and newspapers around the world. He lives in San Francisco Bay Area, where he enjoys, classical music, tennis, and gardening.