Half a year down, and there's a lot to look forward to for the rest of 2008, including 3 new books preparing for release.
The first of these, tentatively titled 'When Dream Loved Memory' is a collection of poetry inspired by the best, the worst, the journey of Laos and the human heart in love and war. This one is a deeply personal text that explores really new territory for me.
The second, tentatively titled 'Barrow,' is another book of poetry, directly following up On The Other Side Of The Eye, composed of Southeast Asian American speculative poetry addressing all new ideas and the creatures of the earth and myth.
The third is complicated to explain, but the text will be part of the acclaimed Minnesota Center For Book Arts famous Winter Book, printed in an extremely limited edition.
This is always an amazing annual project and I'm one of the authors who will be featured in it, along with several other great artists and creators.
Here is an example of last year's Winter Book.
I was interviewed earlier this year by acclaimed writer Catherine Lundoff, and we're very excited about this.
In the meantime, be sure to check out her books 'Crave' and her newest anthology,'Haunted Hearths and Sapphic Shades' released this year to great reviews so far!
Several key performances for this year are being arranged now, and I hope to see many of you there!
On June 14th, I read for the MOSAIC Asian Story Telling Alliance, at Java Jack's Coffee Cafe at 7PM with several other acclaimed Asian American readers in Minneapolis.
July 14th, acclaimed novelist Ed Lin and I read together for the very first time at the Loft Literary Center with Lao American writer Saymoukda Vongsay for a reading tentatively titled A Bust On The Other Side! ;)
August 1-3, I read at Diversicon with all new presentations on Southeast Asian myth and legend and Asian American speculative poetry.
My good friend Nnedi Okorafor-Mbachu will be there too as a special guest, and I'm excited!
On October 1st I read at Common Good Books with Sharon Chmielarz and Connie Wanek in the historic Cathedral Hill area of St. Paul.
And finally, on November 11th I read at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwaukee!
There are several other performances being scheduled, and I'll keep you up to date as those get finalized, but this is a good start so far!
Thanks, everyone for all of your support!