June 16: aesthetic: LAO’d AF

Coming to Minnesota on June 16:


Many Lao American writers from the diaspora are children of refugees or are refugees ourselves, allowing us to live and write between two worlds: the Lao and the American. Because of this, much of our work is around memory, imagined pasts, and imagined futures. We write about pre-colonial Laos and Laos in the aftermath of the Secret War, about refugee identity formations, pop culture, social justice, food, mental health – the subject matters we cover are wider than the Mekong. We are the creative documentarians for our community, whose narratives are often pushed to the margins. We are here to make space for ourselves and for each other and to do it unapologetically.

This month’s EQ features readings from Spoken Word Immersion Fellow Saymoukda Vongsay, Catzie Vilayphonh, and Bryan Thao Worra, with beats by DJ Nak.


Advance tickets:
$5 Loft members
$10 general admission

At the door:
Pay-what-you-wish, as available

Purchasing advanced tickets guarantees a general admission seat and helps to cover the Loft’s costs to host the event. As always, pay-what-you-wish tickets are available at the door 30 minutes prior to the event on a first-come, first-served basis. No one turned away for lack of funds. Doors open 30 minutes before the event. Seating is general admission (not assigned).

Open Captioning by Paradigm Reporting & Captioning will be provided. Assisted listening devices are available upon request.


Founded in 2002, Equilibrium (EQ for short) is the Loft’s signature series devoted to spoken word artists and audiences of color. Acclaimed as one of the nation’s top spoken word venues, EQ combines an intimate, engaging atmosphere with energetic, packed houses. EQ has created a space where national talent shares the stage with local emerging artists. In addition to blockbuster spoken word shows, EQ has honored pioneers in the genre and artists of color in the Twin Cities, hosted book and CD release parties, offered workshops with Def Poetry Jam artists for at-risk youth and underrepresented communities, and collaborated with community artists on an innovative cross-generational spoken word mentorship program.

About Laomagination Media

Focused on a mission to develop a body of multicultural, multimedia resources that meets the needs of Lao Americans and their friends and families interested in the speculative arts, whether it’s science fiction, fantasy, horror or other artistic genres engaging the Lao imagination and heritage.
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