Following the successful conclusion of the 3rd National Lao American Writers Summit in San Diego this May, organizers announced that the next gathering would be held in Seattle, Washington with the Kinnaly Seattle and the Pom Foundation taking the lead as the fiscal sponsors.
Members of the Kinnaly Seattle dance and traditional music troupe attended both the 2015 and the 2016 Lao American Writers Summit and have a good understanding of the event in addition to their experience with organizing international, national, and local Lao American arts events and trainings. Further details will be announced in the coming months ahead.
US Census figures estimate the Washington Lao population at close 9,500 and the community is home to several Lao restaurants, small businesses and two Wat Lao.
The National Lao American Writers Summit began in 2010 in Minneapolis as an effort to create a space that would mentor and support the first and emerging generation of Lao American writers. The 2nd National Lao American Writers Summit was convened in Minneapolis in 2015.