You don't want to miss the September "Family Style" Open Mic hosted by Yellow Rage in Philadelphia at Asian Arts Initiative at 1219 Vine Street, Chinatown this month.
Minnesota Lao American writer Saymoukda Vongsay will be performing there on September 17th from 7:30pm - 9:30pm. The evening is headlined by Vietnamese American poet Bao Phi of Minnesota, and the theme of the evening is "Surviving the Translation." For this performance, proceeds go towards humanitarian aid in Pakistan for the flood victims.
Vongsay, recipient of the Carey Prize in Spoken Word, will also perform at the last Sulu Series in New York City at the famed Bowery Poetry Club on September 19th. This event is also a benefit for the 2011 APIA Spoken Word and Poetry Summit in Minnesota in 2011. Over five years, the series has showcased hundreds of Asian American poets, comedians, musicians, theater artists and filmmakers. They held benefits and raised awareness for and alongside dozens of organizations and causes. The shows have served thousands of audience members, and it helped to cultivate a canon of Asian American culture.
Other amazing poets performing include Koba, Jen Kwok, Vin Hua, SNRG, Kelly Tsai, YaliniDream, John-Flor Sisante, Adriel Luis, Elijah Kuan Wong, Ruby Veridiana, Justin Woo, Sham-E-Ali Al Jamil, and also Minnesota's own Bao Phi. It's a virtual who's who among Asian American voices and the end to a unique and distinguished poetry series.