Research & Publications


Recent Research

Environmental Health Research in Iraq

In 2016, the William Joiner Institute was awarded a grant from the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX) to build a collaborative training and research relationship with the Sulaymaniyah Polytechnic University (SPU) and the Kurdistan Institute for Strategic Studies and Scientific Research (KISSR) in the Kurdish Autonomous Region of Iraq over the next year. Learn more about this Joiner Institute / IREX project here.

The following report provides the results of research conducted into the urban centers of Iraq, including Sulaymaniyah, that have suffered from decades of war and poor services. 

  • Othman, Nasih. Environmental Health Assessment in Sulaymaniyah City and VicinitySulaymaniyah, Iraq. Kane, Thomas T., reviewer/editor. Kurdistan Institution for Strategic Studies and Scientific Research, William Joiner Institute University of Massachusetts Boston, and Sulaimania Polytechnic University; 2017 April. 65 p. 

Recent Publications

To access digital copies of past research and publication visit our UMB ScholarWorks page


Conference Presentations and Working Papers 


Translation Project

The William Joiner Institute's Translation Project continues this year, led by Nguyen Ba Chung in collaboration with several associates. Currently, the project is focused on translation of Tue Sy’s poetry, in collaboration with Martha Collins; Tran Dang Khoa’s poetry, in collaboration with Fred Marchant; and Thu Bon’s poetry, in collaboration with Kevin Bowen. Sam Hamill and Nguyen Duy are also in the process of translating Vietnamese Zen poetry from the 15th to the 19th centuries to follow the success of the Institute’s translation of Early Vietnamese Zen Poetry, 10th to 14th centuries. Over the course of the Institute's history, the poetry and translation work of Bruce Weigl have also been hugely instrumental.  

Translation and Poetry Publications from the William Joiner Institute:

  • A Hunger for Peace by Nguyen Ba Chung and Bruce Weigl (Hoi Nha Van publisher, Hanoi, 2015)
  • Trang The Hy: Bitter & Sweet by Nguyen Ba Chung and Martha Collins (Tre publishing house, Paperback, Hoc Chi Minh city, October 2014)
  • A Collection of Poems for Independence, Freedom and Requiem of Vietnam by 175 Poets Kenji Tomita, Massaki Shimizu, Nguyen Ba Chung, Bruce Weigl et al. (Coal Sack Publishing Company, Tokyo, Japan, August 2013)
  • Tho Van Ly Tran/Ly Tran Zen Poems by Nguyen Duy, Kevin Bowen, and Nguyen Ba Chung (Van Hoa Sai Gon, Hard cover, Ho Chi Minh city, June 2007)
  • Defiant Muse: Vietnamese Feminist Poetry From Antiquity to the Present (The Defiant Muse Series) by Nguyen Thi Minh Ha, Nguyen Thi Thanh Binh, and Lady Borton (The Feminist Press at CUNY, Paperback – August 1, 2007)
  • Zen Poems From Early Vietnam/Tho Thien Ly Tran by Nguyen Duy, Kevin Bowen, and Nguyen Ba Chung (Van Hoa Sai Gon, Hard cover, Ho Chi Minh city, June 2005). Changed Title: Tho Van Ly Tran/Ly Tran Zen Poems, Reprint 2007.
  • A Corner From My Yard by Fred Marchant, Nguyen Ba Chung, with Lady Borton and Trinh Ngọc Thai (Education Publishing House, Paperback, Hanoi, May 2006)
  • Green Rice: Poems by Lam Thi My Da by Lam Thi My Da, Martha Collins, and Thuy Dinh (Curbstone Press, Paperback - February 1, 2005)
  • The Time Tree: Selected Poems of Huu Thinh by Huu Thinh, George Evans, and Nguyen Quy Duc (Curbstone Press, Paperback - January 2003)
  • Six Vietnamese Poets by Nguyen Ba Chung and Kevin Bowen (Curbstone Press, Paperback - June 1, 2001)
  • Distant Road: Selected Poems of Nguyen Duy (Curbstone Press Contemporary Poets Series) (Vietnamese Edition) by Nguyen Duy, Kevin Bowen, and Nguyen Ba Chung (Curbstone Press, Paperback - September 1, 1999)
  • Mountain River: Vietnamese Poetry from the Wars, 1948-1993 by Kevin Bowen, Nguyen Ba Chung, Ba Chung Nguyen, and Bruce Weigl (University of Massachusetts Press, Paperback - September 1998)
  • The Women Carry River Water: Poems by Nguyen Quang Thieu, Martha Collins, Quang Thieu Nguyen  (University of Massachusetts Press, Paperback - June 1997)
  • Writing Between the Lines: An Anthology on War and Its Social Consequences by Kevin Bowen and Bruce Weigl (University of Massachusetts Press, Hardcover - February 1997)
  • A Time Far Past by Luu Le, Ngo Vinh Hai, Nguyen Ba Chung, Kevin Bowen, and David Hunt (University of Massachusetts Press, Hardcover - April 1997)
  • Poems from Captured Documents by Thanh T. Nguyen and Bruce Weigl (University of Massachusetts Press; Paperback - July 1994)