Monday, May 16, 2016

Unleashed! Exhibit of Wiener Dog Art, Fullerton, CA

Ok, it looks like I'll be making TWO side-trips on my way to the National Lao American Writers Summit, adding in the Unleashed! exhibit of Wiener Dog Art at the Atrium Gallery in Fullerton, CA.
The exhibit features the work of Southern California-based artist Laura Hoffman, who uses her own dachshunds as muses for her work.

It comes down on 5/27 so be sure to catch it soon!

You can see it all at:

Atrium Gallery,
Titan Student Union building,
Cal State Fullerton campus,
800 N. State College Blvd., Fullerton

Alas, I won't be able to bring my own dachshunds along for this trip, but I look forward to seeing the different ways Hoffman explores the aesthetics and nature of dachshunds through a California artist's lens. I'll have a review soon!

Philip K. Dick "Here and Now" Exhibit until June 16th!

On my way down to the National Lao American Writers Summit, I guess I'll be doing a side trip to the Salz-Pollack Atrium Gallery before things close on June 16!

Per the press release:

"In celebration of California State University, Fullerton's relationship with Philip K. Dick, we proudly present new art based on four of his famous works: Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, The Man in the High Castle, Minority Report, The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, and a display of holdings from Pollak Library’s University Archives & Special Collections."

"The late English Professor Willis McNelly helped Philip K. Dick relocate to Fullerton, where he was a frequent guest lecturer and mentored writers. He lived the last ten years of his life in Orange County, and enjoyed a relatively stable and productive period in which he wrote key works, including A Scanner Darkly, VALIS and the work he called his Exegesis. Eventually, he left his papers to CSUF’s University Archives & Special Collections."

"Philip K. Dick changed science fiction. Themes such as exploring the true nature of reality and humanity have become integral to contemporary science fiction. His influence reaches further than SF, affecting writers such as celebrated writers Jonathan Lethem, Ursula Le Guin, James Tiptree, Jr., and Haruki Murakami. He is also considered an influential contributor to the cyberpunk sub-genre of science fiction, postmodernism, and Steampunk. Dick’s effect on fellow writers is only the beginning; his influence on popular culture is immense, including movies, TV shows, comic books and more."

Definitely looking forward to it!

"The Last War Poem" in Merced for Hmongstory 40

A big thanks to Nana and Alisak from the hit Lao American show, Cooking with Nana for spotting my piece "The Last War Poem" at the Hmongstory 40 exhibit in Merced this month at the fairgrounds. I'm touched to see so many still enjoy this work, which originally appeared in the Hmong American anthology Bamboo Among the Oaks in 2002 from the Minnesota Historical Society.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Happy birthday to Maui the Dachshund!

So, a big happy birthday to Maui the dachshund, who was born on May 13th! :) A purebred piebald dachshund, she's been part of the On the Other Side of the Eye team for several years now going on adventures across California and Minnesota with her older sister, Sadee! Good girl! Stay tuned for more exciting adventures!