Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Lao American Horror and Marscon!

Lao Minnesotan writer Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay and I will be "Notable Presenters" at MarsCon this year. The guest of honor is Claudia Christian, probably most famous for Babylon 5. It's $65 to register at the door. ($50 if you register by January 31st.)

Photo Credit: David Honl (via Wikipedia)

We'll be there along with other awesome writers including SN Arly, Catherine Lundoff, Rebecca Marjesdatter, Roy C. Booth and Cynthia Booth, Haddayr Copley-Woods, Naomi Kritzer, Michael Merriam, and Lyda Morehouse. From the Lao side of things, it's zombies and mythos galore!

See you there!

Per her extra-long bio this season:

Award-winning writer Saymoukda D. Vongsay is a Lao American poet and playwright whose work has been published by literary journals, lifestyle magazines, almanacs, newspapers, anthologies, and scholastic journals nationwide. Her experience in literary arts and community engagement has been invaluable to the work and programming of organizations like the Smithsonian Institute, the MN Historical Society, Paj Ntaub Voice Literary Journal, and the Traditional Arts and Ethnology Centre in Luang Prabang, Laos.

She is the recipient of the 2010 Alfred C. Carey Prize in Spoken Word Poetry (NY), the 2012 and 2011 Jerome Foundation/Mu Performing Arts Fellowship in Theater, and a 2012 Storytelling Fellowship from the MN State Arts Boards’ Folk and Traditional Arts Grant. She has been recognized as a 2011 Change Maker by Intermedia Arts, was the only Honorable Mention named for the 2011 MN Emerging Writer Grant, and has received scholarships from the Loft Literary Center (MN/prose seminar), the Joyce Foundation/Alliance of Artist Communities (IL/arts administration), and the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (DC/public policy). She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Intermedia Arts, The Saint Paul Almanac (literary), the Saint Paul Foundation’s Asian Pacific Endowment Fund (philanthropy), and the Dispute Resolution Center.

Her play, Kung Fu Zombies vs Cannibals, is being produced by Mu Performing Arts and is slated to premiere in Fall 2013.

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