This year is the first time we've ever done a National Lao American Writer's Summit outside of Minnesota, by popular demand. But it's also a very new process of trying to fund it and get the word out to the community. This year, I'll be one of the keynote speakers at the third National Lao Amercian Writers Summit, along with Channapha Khamvongsa, executive director of Legacies of War.
We've come a long way since the first one at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2010. We've found so many new writers, artists and community builders with stories to tell. Now, more than ever, we need to continue that work.
The San Diego organizing committee needs our help to make it possible. This is a cause that is obviously near and dear to my heart, so I hope you'll consider helping them out. They're almost 1/3rd of the way there, but in order to bring over a dozen nationally-recognized, award-winning Lao writers to the community in San Diego, they still need to raise at least $7,000. This will go a long way to making the best use possible of the acclaimed Centro Cultural de la Raza and the surrounding spaces.
We're making good progress but, we have just a little over a month to go. You can check out the donation page over at: http://sahtupress.com/lao-writers-summit/