Thanh-Thanh is Mr. Nhuận Xuân Lê 's (poetry) pen name.
His other pseudonyms are: Kiều-Ngọc (prose), Nguyệt-Cầm (drama), Người Thơ (critique), Tú Ngông (satire), Lê Chân-Nhân & Đức-Cố Lê (research), etc.
He leads “Xây-Dựng” (Constructiveness), the literary group that was depicted, owing to its numerous works by various authors, as one of the main branches of the Vietnamese Secular Cultural Tree diagram exhibited at the unique pre-1975 National Cultural Festival in Saigon, capital of the former Republic of Vietnam.
Thanh-Thanh (Nhuan Xuan Le) began to write poetry in English after his resettlement in the States in 1992.
In the United States, he published
“Cơn Ác-Mộng” (The Nightmare,) the poems he composed while imprisoned by the communists for more than 12 years.
Serving the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, he has just published
“Cảnh-Sát-Hóa, Quốc-Sách Yểu-Tử của Việt-Nam Cộng-Ḥa” (The Police Plan, an aborted national policy of the Republic of Vietnam, reprinted as
“Việt-Nam Cộng-Ḥa - Cảnh-Sát-Hóa: Quốc-Sách Yểu-Tử”) which joins his previous book of memoirs
“Về Vùng Chiến-Tuyến” (Return to the Front Line), and recently
“Biến-Loạn Miền Trung” (Rebellion from Central Vietnam)
to reveal more untold causes and potential lessons of the US-backed South Vietnam's fall.
He also reprinted his favorite poetic pieces in
“Thơ Người Thơ - Bảy Mươi Năm Làm Thơ” (Selected Poems by Thanh-Thanh - 70 Years Writing Poetry).
About English Poetry, he has published:
“Poems by Selected Vietnamese”, and
“Vietnamese Choice Poems”,
He has had a lot of pieces printed in nearly 50 anthologies of English poetry published in the USA and the United Kingdom:
Wind in the Night Sky (Owings Mills, Maryland: National Library of Poetry, 1993);
Best New Poems (Parkwille, Maryland: Poets' Guild, 1994);
American Poetry Annual (Baltimore, Maryland: The Amherst Society, 1994);
Outstanding Poets of 1994 (Owings Mills, Maryland: NLP, 1994);
The Sound of Poetry (Owings Mills, Maryland: NLP, 1994);
Best Poems of 1995 (Owings Mills, Maryland: NLP, 1995);
Who's Who in New Poets (New York, New York: Who's Who in New Poets, 1996);
Best Poems of the '90s (Owings Mills, Maryland: NLP, 1996);
Best Poems of 1997 (Owings Mills, Maryland: NLP, 1997);
Outstanding Poets of 1998 (Owings Mills, Maryland: NLP, 1998);
A Celebration of Poets (Owings Mills, Maryland: International Library of Poetry, 1998);
A Treasury of Great Poems (Ashland, Oregon: FPS, 2000);
Letters From the Soul (Owings Mills, Maryland: ILP, 2001);
Poetry Magazine (New Jersey: New 1 Publications, March and May 2001);
The Best Poems and Poets of 2001 (Owings Mills, Maryland: ILP, 2001);
New Millennium Poetry (Talent, Oregon: Famous Poets Society, 2002);
The Best Poems and Poets of 2002 (Owings Mills, Maryland: ILP, 2002);
Theatre of the Mind (London: Noble House, 2003);
The Colors of Life (Owings Mills, Maryland: ILP, 2003);
Colours of the Heart (London: Noble House, 2004);
Eternal Portraits (Owings Mills, Maryland: ILP, 2004);
Our 100 Most Famous Poets - the Brief Chronicles of Our Time (Talent, Oregon: FPS, 2004);
Great Poems of the Western World (Talent, Oregon: Famous Poets Society, 2005);
Flowers of Love (Sacramento, California: Vietnamese Poetry Society, 1998-2004);
Labours of Love (London: Noble House, 2005);
WordBridge (Miami, Florida: The Writers Post, 2002-2005);
A Treasury of American Poetry III" (Baltimore, Maryland: League of American Poets, 2007);
Oakland Out Loud (Oakland, California: PEN Center USA - PEN 2007);
Expressions II (Baltimore, Maryland: League of American Poets, 2007);
Expressions III (Baltimore, Maryland: LAP, 2007);
Splash of Verse (Worthington, West Virginia: The Poet Sanctuary, 2007);
Forever Spoken (Owings Mills, Maryland: ILP, 2007;
The Best Poems & Poets of 2007 (Owings Mills, Maryland: ILP, 2008);
Immortal Verses (Talent, Oregon: Famous Poets Society, 2008);
Great Poems of the Western World (Talent, Oregon: Famous Poets Society, 2009);
Our Great Modern Poets (Talent, Oregon: Famous Poets Society, 2011);
Today's Best Poets (Ashland, Oregon: Poetryfest Press, 2013);
Our Best Contemporary Poets (Ashland, Oregon: Poetryfest Press, 2014);
Fightin' Words (PEN Oakland Publication, 2014);
On the Wings of Pegasus (Betty Cummins Starr-Joyal, 2014);
Flights of Angels (Asland, Oregon: Poetryfest Press, 2015);
Poetry Over the Rainbow (Betty Cummins Starr-Joyal, 2015);
Trumpets to Heaven (Betty Cummins Starr-Joyal, 2016);
Today's Great Poets (Betty Cummins Starr-Joyal, 2016);
On the Wings of Angels (Betty Cummins Starr-Joyal, 2016);
Angels for the Ages (Asland, Oregon: Poetryfest Press, 2017);
Thanh-Thanh (Nhuan Xuan Le) is a member of P.E.N. International (through PEN Center USA); and a lifetime member, in the Hall of Fame, of the International Society of Poets.
His book “This Land of Promises” is a selection of his English poems (not published yet); and “Vietnamese Choice Poems,” a collection of over 146 Thanh-Thanh's English verse translations of the works by 81 Vietnamese poets and poetesses living in the USA, Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Norway, and Vietnam.
You are invited to read Thanh-Thanh's new book “Vietnamese Choice Poems” that has just been published by Xlibris (ISBN 978-1-4931-2196-0) in 2013 and chosen by Amazon Editors as one of their Favorite Books of the Year, Best Books of 2014.
Life and Times of a Former South Vietnamese Special Police Officer:
Part 8: http://washingtonbabylon.com/valentine-vietnam-8/
Part 9: http://washingtonbabylon.com/the-life-and-times-of-a-south-vietnamese-special-police-officer-part-9-capture/