lê thị diễm thúy is a Vietnamese-American author, poet, and performance artist whose work explores the role of the body as the site of memory. Among others, she has been an artist-in-resident at the Lannan Foundation, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and Hedgebrook. Her solo performance works have been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Philip Morris, the international Women Playwrights Festival in Galway, Ireland, and the New WORLD Theater at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Her novel, The Gangster We Are All Looking For, was published by Alfred A. Knopf in 2003, and her writing has appeared in the Massachusetts Review, Harper's Magazine, and The Very Inside anthology. She is the recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and was named a Ford Fellow in Literature by United States Artists in 2008. She served as a Pew Fellowships panelist in 2014 and 2016.