Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Interviewed at Speculate SF!


This week, an interview with the awesome Nancy Hightower and I went live (or possibly undead) over at Speculate SF! 

Be sure to tune in for a discussion on "the unique appeal of poetry, how so much of speculative fiction poetry touches on the dark, grotesque and macabre, and what’s changed (and is still changing) in the field..." And other surprises!

Nancy Hightower is an author and poet, as well as an art critic and fiction reviewer who currently writes for The Washington Post. Her debut epic fantasy novel, ElementarĂ­ Rising, was published in September 2013 with Pink Narcissus Press and received a starred review from Library Journal. She has co-authored, along with Carrie Ann Baade, the Cute and Creepy exhibition catalogue, an art book of contemporary macabre and surrealist works. You can visit her online at: http://www.nancyhightower.com/

Also, consider donating to the Speculate SF Patreon to keep them going! They're doing great and amazing work and it would be wonderful to get them the resources they deserve.


Souvankham Thammavongsa shortlisted for the Commonwealth

BIG NEWS from Lao Canadian writer Souvankham Thammavongsa, who will be joining us for the very first time at the National Lao American Symposium and Writers Summit.

Her short story "How to Pronounce Knife" was just shortlisted for the prestigious Commonwealth Prize. This is a wonderful milestone for the Lao community, and I hope it encourages many others to take up the pen.

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"40 American Years" Up at 40 & Forward


As mentioned earlier, a new haiku and photo of mine have been accepted for the 40 & Forward: Southeast Asian Americans Rooted & Rising blog organized by the Southeast Asian Resource Action Center in Washington D.C. It's now up, and I'm delighted to know that I was selected as the inaugural entry of this wonderful project.

I strongly encourage others to share their stories, photos, poems and memories with this project as we mark 40 years of the Southeast Asian Diaspora. The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC) is a national organization that advances the interests of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans by empowering communities through advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building to create a socially just and equitable society. I look forward to seeing the other entries the post at 40 & Forward in the coming year ahead.


Two poems to be reprinted this Fall!


Just agreed to have two classic poems of mine, "E Pluribus Unum" and "Golden Triangle, Holy Mountain" to be reprinted in a forthcoming academic anthology on Asian America from Yale University Press. That's a good thing to wake up to. More details to follow as we get closer to the publication date.