Mali Phonpadith is a Lao American writer who's consistently done excellent work over the years, and worked hard to develop her own creative lifestyle and an approach that reflects both modern and traditional tastes.
She's one of the key Lao American writers located near the Washington D.C. area and has been involved with many of the major artistic and literary projects of the community over the years in a variety of capacities, including the Lao Heritage Foundation and SatJaDham: The Lao Literary Project.
She's been published internationally and has established a well-deserved reputation as a thoughtful, charismatic and energized community leader who works hard to support causes she believes in. One of her interesting projects is Reflections Within which has explored photography combined with poetics. Voice of America's Vannasone Keodara did an interview with her on her Reflections Within showcase.