Lao American spoken word artist and community builder Catzie Vilayphonh and Sahtu Press recently announced the upcoming release of her debut book of poetry in 2017. More details will be announced soon.
Currently she is an Artist in Residence with the Mural Arts of Philadelphia’s Southeast by Southeast Program. Throughout her artistic career Catzie has become a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Award recipient, a 2012 Creative Capital finalist and a 4-time Leeway Foundation honoree.
With roots in Vientiane and Philly, she’s one of the co-founders of the National Lao American Writers Summit. She’s been an active member of the Asian Arts Initiative, working with her Yellow Rage co-founder Michelle Myers to produce the Family Style Open Mic for emerging and established AAPI spoken word artists in the Philadelphia area.
In addition to her ongoing organizing efforts with the National Lao American Writer Summit, she’s an active volunteer with the Lao Family Community Organization of Philadelphia.
Through her work, she provides an awareness not often heard, drawing from personal narrative. In 2013 she received the Knight Foundation Arts Challenge Award to start “Laos In The House” a project which aims to promote story-telling in the Lao American community through the mediums of art. This culminated into the curation of a multi-disciplinary gallery exhibit and performance showcase featuring work by other Lao American artists which debuted in Philadelphia in 2015.