In case you missed it, Bryan Thao Worra did a roundup of the Asian American poetry books and chapbooks printed in 2016. While there were no chapbooks by Lao American poets this year, it was still a largely successful year with almost 50 Asian American poets successfully having their poetry collections published. Congratulations to everyone!
Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Lao American poet Phayvanh Luekhamhan recently shared a new poem of hers, “Strange Woods” at her website www.phayvanh.com. Phayanh Luekhamhan is one of the only Lao to have ever gone through the Kundiman Fellow program. She is the author of “I Think of This Every Time I Think of Mountains,” with Souphine Phathsoungneune.
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Lao American writer and artist Nor Sanavongsay and Alisak Sanavongsay who were among those recognized with a Community Appreciation Award from the Laotian American Community of Fresno on Saturday, August 27th. The awards were presented as part of the organization’s annual gala. The two Sanavongsays received their awards for their outstanding community service and leadership across the United States and in the state of California.
Monday, August 1, 2016
Award-winning poet Krysada Panusith Phounsiri will be among those attending the Laotian National Conference in Las Vegas! He’ll have copies of his debut book from “Dance Among Elephants” for sale there or you can order one from Sahtu Press, Inc.
Monday, July 4, 2016
Following the successful conclusion of the 3rd National Lao American Writers Summit in San Diego this May, organizers announced that the next gathering would be held in Seattle, Washington with the Kinnaly Seattle and the Pom Foundation taking the lead as the fiscal sponsors. Further details will be announced in the coming months ahead. The National Lao American Writers Summit began in 2010 in Minneapolis as an effort to create a space that would mentor and support the first and emerging generation of Lao American writers. The 2nd National Lao American Writers Summit was convened in Minneapolis in 2015.
Friday, March 11, 2016
The Lao American Advancement Organization is bringing the 10th Annual Lao Education Conference to Sacramento State University to help Lao youth on March 29th. It's a free conference for all middle/high school Lao American students in Sacramento City Unified School District or the Twin Rivers Unified School District. For adults, a $30 registration is appreciated but not required.
For more information you can visit: https://www.facebook.com/LAAO.org
Laos in the House founder Catzie Vilayphonh is teaming up with artist Sayon Syprasoeuth for a show called "Intersectionalities: Defining the Lao American Narrative in Visual Arts."
The aim is to "develop our very first community-based exhibition for the LAWS commemorative exhibition Intersectionalities: Defining the Lao American Narrative in Visual Arts, opening April 29 to May 28, 2016 at the Centro Cultural De La Raza in San Diego. The closing of this specially curated exhibition will also coincide with the 2-day LAWS conference taking place May 27-28th 2016."
ABOUT THE TOPIC
The Lao American Writers Summit is looking for artworks by individual and collaborating artists that directly or indirectly relate to the topic: How would you define the Lao American experiences? How does your work establish our histories? How does it project the imagery of Lao America moving forward?
Potential themes for artworks include but are not limited to:
• Everyone has a story to tell, a story line, a time-line, personal experiences
• Key words: war, refugee camp, travel, arrival, family, assimilation, language, work, roots
• Different shades of the Lao American experience: ie American born/Asian born, new immigrants, refugees, 2nd/3rd/4th generation
• Lao American in the arts; defying stereotypes, contemporary vs traditional
• Experience of race, racism; prejudice within community
• Who is Lao/Laotian American?
• Context of Lao American in the broader community of APIA identity
• Lao in Asian American Studies; historical inclusions; political intellectualization
Submissions are open to people of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds who identify as Lao and/or Laotian American, or those who have a connection to Lao neighborhoods, and Lao/Laotian American communities at large. All contemporary visual artworks will be considered, including digital media, performance (in video format) and social practices such as community-based engagement workshops. In addition to providing an original work or works for the exhibition, selected artists may be asked to participate in a moderated discussion about their work or other supplemental public programming.
Please send all materials electronically to LaoAmWriters@gmail.com. Please submit no more than five separate works (a series of related works may be considered). Submissions should include:
• Contact Info. Your name, phone number, email address, mailing address on each page of materials and artist website address, if any.
• A brief statement. Submit as a PDF and include (1 page max):
1) Your connection to the Lao/Laotian American community;
2) How your submission relates to the exhibition theme(s);
3) A description of artwork images and/or submitted files;
4) Technical needs for exhibition, if any.
• Artist info. Submit an artist statement and bio as a PDF (1 page max).
• Work samples. Add as an attachment or link, submit images of artwork in .JPG or .PNG formats (2550 x 3300 pixels or less). Submit multimedia artwork (5 minutes max each) via an online link only. For each image or file, detail: 1) Title, 2) Date, 3) Medium/media, 4) Size and 5) Brief Description
All submissions must be received via email by 11:59PM PST on Sunday, April 10, 2016.
PROCESS Submitted work will be reviewed in mid April 2016. Artists will be notified by email if their work has been selected by April 18.
DELIVERY LAWS has a limited budget for shipping/transporting artworks that are selected for the exhibition. If your work is selected you may be asked to cover a portion of this expense (with the exception of digital prints, to be produced locally in San Diego by a partner company).
Images of selected work may be displayed on LAWS’ website and social media channels, as well as by LAWS sponsors and partners in promotional and educational materials.
Wednesday, March 2, 2016
On March 12th, from 1-3pm you can meet Aloun Phoulavan, Christopher Khounabanam, and the young artists of the Our Stories: Laos youth art exhibition at the Ramsey County Library in Roseville for their opening reception. Featuring Lao food and a special musical performance, the exhibit showcases the work Lao American visual artists Aloun Phoulavan and Christopher Khounbanam did throughout 2015 with Lao youth in Minnesota. The library is located at 2180 Hamline Avenue North in Roseville.