The September "Family Style" Open Mic hosted by Yellow Rage in Philadelphia will feature Minnesota writer Saymoukda Vongsay at Asian Arts Initiative at 1219 Vine Street, Chinatown. Coming together on September 17th from 7:30pm - 9:30pm, the evening is headlined by Vietnamese American poet Bao Phi of Minnesota, and the theme of the evening is "Surviving the Translation." For this performance, proceeds go towards humanitarian aid in Pakistan for the flood victims.
Vongsay, the recent recipient of the Carey Prize in Spoken Word, will also be performing at the last Sulu Series in New York City at the famed Bowery Poetry Club at 308 Bowery on September 19th. This event is also a benefit for the 2011 APIA Spoken Word and Poetry Summit in Minnesota in 2011.
Other amazing poets who will be performing on stage with her include Koba, Jen Kwok, Vin Hua, SNRG, Kelly Tsai, YaliniDream, John-Flor Sisante, Adriel Luis, Elijah Kuan Wong, Ruby Veridiana, Justin Woo and Sham-E-Ali Al Jamil. It's a virtual who's who among East Coast Asian American voices and the end to a unique and distinguished poetry series.
Over five years, the series has showcased hundreds of Asian American poets, comedians, musicians, theater artists and
filmmakers. They held benefits and raised awareness for and alongside dozens of organizations and causes. The shows have served thousands of audience members, and it helped to cultivate a canon of Asian American culture.