The Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced that Lao American poet Bryan Thao Worra has been elected as the organization’s new president.
The Science Fiction Poetry Association’s mission is to bring together international writers interested in poetry featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the imagination. Founded in 1978, every year they publish several journals, hold contests and present 3 major literary awards for writers.They also provide resources for poets seeking professional publication and networking opportunities.This will be the first time that a Lao American has lead a speculative literature organization.
Thao Worra has had a distinguished literary career and an advocate for the speculative arts in refugee communities. With roots in Vientiane, Laos, he holds over 20 awards for his work, including a 2014 SFPA Elgin Award for Book of the Year for his collection “DEMONSTRA” from Innsmouth Free Press.
He’s written numerous books of poetry and has been widely published around the world, including Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, and Pakistan. He is the first Lao American to receive a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment of the Arts.
“It’s difficult to create change for yourself, your community, or your world if you do not express that change you want to see,” Thao Worra said. “Writers everywhere need to write to the farthest limits of their imagination, especially for the sake of those who cannot.”
His speculative poetry has been widely anthologized, including the recent collection Cthulhusattva from Martian Migraine Press, and How To Live On Other Planets from Upper Rubber Boot Books. Next year, his first full-length collection of poetry, On the Other Side of the Eye will celebrate its tenth anniversary since publication.
“As we and so many others continue their journeys in diaspora, it’s important not only to remember our histories, but to articulate our visions of the futures we can see ourselves in.”