Sunday, December 29, 2013

A Sticky Mess and the DEMONSTRA release party: Monday, December 30th in Minneapolis

Innsmouth Free Press posted the announcement for the DEMONSTRA release party on Monday, December 30th, along with Nor Sanavongsay's Xieng Mieng: A Sticky Mess! A big thanks to the Lao Advancement Organization of America for lending us their space at the Lao Cultural Center in Minneapolis! The reading is free, family-friendly, and goes from 4:30 to 6:30 P.M.

We know it's going to be a rush for some folks to get there straight from work so the first hour is just mingling and reception, with the formal readings anticipated to start at 5:30 PM until 6:30 PM.

I'm still finalizing the set of poems I'll be reading from DEMONSTRA. (I'd read them all but that takes about 6 hours at a fast clip.) Most likely this particular reading will include several of the poems that were written in response to a 1-day flash contest I had earlier this year: 10 poems would be included in DEMONSTRA based on monsters of my readers' choosing. As such, this will include winning poems suggested by Jeff Skrenes, Catherine Lundoff, Moira Manion, and others.

Also likely to be read: "The Robo Sutra," set in the future Laotown quarter of North Minneapolis, and "In the Fabled Midwest." I considering presenting some of the shorter selections from "The Dream Highway of Ms. Mannivongsa," especially the Minnesota leg.

And at least one or two of the zombie poems. Or Phi Zom, as the case may be. (Or Phi Dip if you want to get old school about it.)

Nor Sanavongsay will be reading his children's book premiere, A Sticky Mess, the prequel to his forthcoming Xieng Mieng series. This will also be chance for you to hear more about Sahtu Press, the future of Xieng Mieng, a preview of upcoming titles from Sahtu Press and Innsmouth Free Press, and discussing the Kickstarter process for Lao Americans.

As for Saymoukda Vongsay, she says she's going to surprise us!

See you there!

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