#Blessed Returns to Philadelphia May 12th

Coming May 12th thanks to Catzie Vilayphonh and Laos In The House28954449_1606877859419355_1026976395245672149_o

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1st Lao Kundiman Fellow in Fiction announced!

Congratulations to Lao American writer Nay Saysourinho, who has the distinction of becoming a Kundiman Fellow in Fiction this year.

She will now become one of only two Lao writers in the world to hold this distinction since the retreats began in 2004, 14 years ago, serving over 200 students.

We look forward to hearing more from her in the future!

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Minnesota Poetry in the Neighborhood Reading & Performance 

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Arlington Hills Community Center, 1200 Payne Ave, Saint Paul, MN 55130

Join poets and teaching artists May Lee-Yang, @R Vincent Moniz, Jr., SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE,Rodrigo Sanchez-Chavarria, and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay for the culmination of a month-long exploration of community through poetry. The poets will present poems created through working with libraries in five different Saint Paul neighborhoods, as well as selections of their other work. The Poetry in the Neighborhood poems will be available at the Hamline Midway Library, Rice Street Library, Riverview Library, Rondo Community Outreach Library, and Sun Ray Library. This event is FREE and open to the public.

This project is supported in part by the Cultural Sales Tax Revitalization Program. Sign language interpretation and other accommodations available with advance notice. 

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Happy National Poetry Month 2018!

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It’s National Poetry Month so here are some Lao American poems for the first week examining the Laotian diaspora. What can Lao poetry look like? How will poets examine Laos in the future? Here are some recent poems by Lao American writer Bryan Thao Worra examining several different ways we can approach the question.

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Lina Luangrath performs in Los Angeles

Lina Lean Mean Luangrath will be performing in Los Angeles this week. Be sure to catch her concert if you’re in the area.

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Getting Lao’d now screening across the country!

Steve Arounsack‘s highly anticipated documentary on the unbelievable growth of the Lao music and film scene will have its World Premiere at the 2018 Seattle Asian American Film Festival, Showtime: Friday, Feb. 23 @ 6:30pm, Northwest Film Forum and Broadway Performance Hall.

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Chanida Phaengdara Potter Recognized

Chanida Phaengdara Potter was recently recognized as one to watch by Ballinger|Leafblad. They had the opportunity to collaborate and partner with hundreds of talented leaders from around their region in 2017. They shared a partial list of some of the talented folks they think made great things happen in 2017 and are bound to make even bigger things happen in 2018. Congratulations to Chanida Phaengdara Potter.

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