A big thanks to everyone who got their entries in on time! We appreciate the extraordinary response!
For this volume of Lao American speculative art, we will be including some stunning visual art, poetry, short stories and play exceprts from Lao American artists from across the US.
We're still expecting a few last minute submissions but it looks like we will have over 200 pages of Lao American approaches to science fiction, fantasy, horror and the myths and legends of our past.
Many contributors are already award-winning, nationally-recognized artists, and werecevied work from some new and emerging voices, too. Among those already accepted for the anthology:
Poems by Thavisouk Phrasavath, Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning director of the film Nerakhoon.
Visual art by Mali Kouanchao, Vongduane Manivong, Sompaseuth Choulanmany, and Sayon Syprasoeuth.
Writing by Catzie of Yellow Rage, Ova Saopeng of 'Refugee Nation' and 'Lao as a Second Language,' Chanida Phaengdara Potter of the blog Little Laos on the Prairie, and Anchalee P. Roberts.
Play excerpts from editor Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, author of No Regrets.
Other submissions are currently being reviewed and tweaked, but it's looking very good and this anthology will constitute the first anthology of Lao American writers and artists since the last SatJaDham collection in 2001.
We extended the deadline one last time because many of us were tied up by school, work and holidays when the initial call for submissions went out. That, and let's face it, Laocrastination got the better of some of us.
If you know any Lao American artists and writers who would be interested in this project, let us know. But this is the absolute last call. The deadline is March 1st.