In October, 2009, we'll see a historic tour of acclaimed Laotian American writers across the Midwest at regional colleges and performance venues who will present and perform contemporary works of Lao American poetry, spoken word and short fiction. Specific tour dates and appearances are still being finalized.
Interested colleges and organizations who'd like to discuss performances should contact LAOSHOUSE@Gmail.com.
This year, Laos In The House! features:
Bryan Thao Worra: A Laotian American writer and the literary editor for Tripmaster Monkey Magazine and Bakka Magazine. His work is featured in over 70 international publications and his work is taught in schools around the world. He is the author of 5 collections of poetry including On The Other Side Of The Eye, Touching Detonations, The Tuk-Tuk Diaries: My Dinner With Cluster Bombs, Winter Ink and Barrow. He is a 2009 NEA Fellow in Literature, a Many Voices Fellow of the MN Playwrights Center, and has received funding from the MN State Arts Board and the Loft Literary Center Career Initiative Grant.
Catzie Vilayphonh is a Lao American poet, writer and performer. A child of refugees, she was born prematurely on the way to America, so she considers herself part of the ".5 Generation". As 1/2 of the spoken word duoYellow Rage Catzie appeared on Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry Jam in 2001 and has performed at various venues across the country. Her stage buddies have included Ursula Rucker, Pharoah Monche, Sarah Jones, Danny Hoch, Beau Sia and I Was Born with Two Tongues. Catzie is currently the Fashion Director for two.one.five magazine in Philadelphia, where she also does her weekly column Catz Out The Bag interviewing everyone from designers to directors and artists to actors, and is also the Transmit Editor for Theme Magazine, a contemporary Asian American culture publication based out of New York. She can't wait to tell her mom she finally found a career for just being Lao.
Saymoukda "moOks" Vongsay is a first generation Laotian American spoken word artist, writer, and activist. She has performed at universities, clubs, theaters, museums, and festivals around the country as well as in Italian and Japanese classrooms. moOks has performed alongside such artists as Laura Piece Kelly, Danny Solis, David Mura, and Ed Bok Lee. Her current projects include a chapbook, a novella, and a monthly advice column for Focus Magazine. She is the author of No Regrets.