Some of the great writers scheduled to appear at the Lao American Writers Summit this August. More will be added soon!
Phayvanh Luekhamhan was born in Champasak, Laos in 1975. She is a Juried Artist with the Vermont Arts Council. She has written poetry for performances and exhibits in New England for over ten years. Her work appears nationally and she has studied at The Vermont Studio Center (2004) and the Kundiman Foundation's Emerging Asian American Poets' Retreat (2005 & 2006). You can visit her online at http://www.myspace.com/phayvanh
Thavisouk Phrasavath: 2009 Oscar-nominated Thavisouk Phrasavath is a creative consultant for developing Lao TV and other media. Thavi has directed music videos for independent artists, published poetry and won awards for his paintings and illustrations. His background in community work includes assisting Gang Prevention for Youth and Family Crisis Intervention and working with the police as a liaison and interpreter for the Lao community. Thavi has consulted for the New York City Board of Education. Nerakhoon: The Betrayalwas his first film as both subject and filmmaker. www.nerakhoon.com
Ova Saopeng is a Lao American actor and writer who has been a pirate in the Pirates of the Carribean films and both the Monkey King AND the Dragon King in the Minnesota production of Laurence Yep's Dragonwings. He also performs in Refugee Nation and his one-man play, LSL: Lao As A Second Language and many others. A key member of Theater TeAda, he has lived in Hawaii and currently Los Angeles. www.refugeenation.com
Mali Phonpadith: A Lao American writer/poet, she is the co-founder of Reflections Within, LLC. She has been writing poetry, short essays, and short stories for over 20 years and is internationally published. She has over 400 pieces of written work and was nominated as “Best Poet of the Year” by the International Society of Poets in 2007. She is actively involved with community service including the Young Professional Leadership Group, the International Society of Poets, the National Association for Women Business Owners, the Lao Heritage Foundation, Arts of Falls Church and an active volunteer with Teatro de la Luna. www.reflectionswithin.com
Catzie Vilayphonh is a Philadelphia-based Lao American writer and performer. A member of the spoken word duo Yellow Rage, Catzie appeared on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam in 2001 and performs at various venues across the country. She has performed with Sarah Jones, Beau Sia and I Was Born with Two Tongues. Vilayphonh was Fashion Director for two.one.five magazine in Philadelphia, andthe Transmit Editor for Theme Magazine, based out of New York. www.yellowrage.com
Saymoukda Vongsay is the author of the Lao American chapbook No Regrets and a first generation Laotian Americanspoken word artist, writer, and activist. She performs at universities, clubs, theaters, museums, and festivals around the country and internationally. A Minnesota resident, Vongsay performs with artists such as Laura Piece Kelly, Danny Solis, David Mura, and Ed Bok Lee. Her projects include a chapbook, novella and advice column for Focus Magazine. http://refugenius.blogspot.com