Recently, the Globe and Mail featured award-winning Lao Canadian poet Souvankham Thammavongsa’s poem “Cluster.” Souvankham Thammvongsa’s books include Small Arguments; Found; and Light, all from Pedlar Press. Among her notable awards is the Trillium Award, and the CBC Bookie Award for Book of the Year in the poetry category for Light.
Her first book won the 2004 ReLit prize. Her second book was made into a short film by Paramita Nath and screened at film festivals worldwide including TIFF, L.A. Shorts Fest, Dok Leipzig and other places. She has been in residence at Yaddo.
Born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand in 1978, she was raised and educated in Toronto. Her father works as a sign-maker, her mother works in a carrot-peeling factory, her brother works as a welder, and she works in the research department of an independent investment advice publisher and has been there for almost fourteen years.