Interviews:This year, I didn't get in as many interviews done as I'd hoped to with many of my fellow members of the Science Fiction Poetry Association and the Asian American poetry community, but I'm looking forward to 2017 because we have many in the pipeline.
In Memoriam:We said goodbye to far too many greats, including Abe Vigoda, Prince, David Bowie, Umberto Eco, and so many others, it's been hard to process them all and what we've lost in this year. But here are some of those we lost from my personal edge of the arts that stand out:
I taught several classrooms this year. I'm conversational and go off the script a lot, but here are the posts that recap the majority of themes I touched upon this year.
- UC Davis, Transitions: Refugee Memories and Imagination
- Gods and Demons at Kearny Street Workshop
- Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets
- USEAA End of Year Celebration
- Lao American Writers Summit
- Resistance Radio Heart
The big project for my year was of course compiling the list of Asian American poetry books and chapbooks published in 2016, and I'll be covering more about their work in the coming year ahead, as well as covering many of my fellow poets from the Poetry Parnassus of the 2012 London Summer Games to see where they are now. A big thanks to everyone who's been a part of the Poetry Spotlight series!
- Asian American Poetry Books of 2016
- Jane Wong's the Poetics of Haunting
- Kev Minh Allen
- Victoria Chang
- Vi Khi Nao
- Vaan Nguyen
- Laksmi Pamuntjak
- Janice Lobo Sapigao
- Sophia Terazawa
Lao Artists in the News:
No one can say that this year wasn't a big year for Laotian American writers and artists. In a short summary, I'm delighted to see so many genres and artistic disciplines reflected this year, as well as the diversity within the ethnic communities represented among us. We saw accomplished work from Lue, Hmong, and ethnic Lao both in the US and abroad. As we begin planning for the National Lao American Writers Summit in Seattle in Spring, 2017 I feel confident about how much we'll have to report back to our peers.
- Notes From An Imagined Future: CTRL+ALT
- Tasting Laos in the North Carolina Mountains
- Director Mattie Do releases Nong Hak: Dearest Sister to acclaim
- Mai Der Vang wins Walt Whitman Award
- Khaty Xiong: Poor Anima, Bad Blood and Pork Rinds
- Next Door Neighbors: Sisavanh Phoutavong Houghton
- Krysada Panusith Phounsiri wins Rhysling Award
- Southeast Asian American Poets in Transylvania University Library
- Bounxeung Synanonh receives NEA Heritage Fellowship
- Alisak and Nor Sanavongsay recognized at Lao Annual Banquet-Fresno
- FAWK wins Knight Arts Challenge Grant
- Water~Stone Review: Paper Bones
- Interview with Lao artist and Entrepreneur I Am Loy
- Interview with Lao animator of Cooltown Creations
- Kryasada Panusith Phounisi in Mekong Review
- Sydney Viengluang in Z-Nation and "The Letter"
- Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay receives VERVE Grant
- Examples of Lao American Poets
Conventions, Conferences and Exhibitions:
I was honored to attend a number of conventions this year as a presenter and as a correspondent. Here are my after-action posts for 2016. I applaud everyone who donated so many hours of their time and imagination to making these such enjoyable experiences. Good luck for next year!
Silicon Valley Comic Con
Phillip K. Dick "Here & Now"
Unleashed! Exhibit of Wiener Dog Art
Comic Con Palm Springs
Guillermo Del Toro's At Home With Monsters
Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas. Look, this one is probably important only to me and Minister Faust, but it's really good and I don't want to lose it again after so many decades.
Streetfighter Characters That Almost Were:
Fighting Literary Master. Man, we missed out.
There was a lot that went on this year that I haven't really finished posting about, but you can get a sense of it with my post, Searching for Speculative Poetry in Steinbeck Country as well as to New York's Poet House and the Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial. You can also see the results of our Doxiepunk: Dachshund Adventure of the Week, as well.
Of course, one of the biggest highlights of this year was meeting veteran actor James Hong, whose science fiction work in the 1980s played a pivotal role in my imagination and how I approached the arts in the years ahead.