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Writer Souvankham Thammavongsa featured in award-winning literary journal

Writer and poet Souvankham Thammavongsa’s work will be featured in an upcoming award-winning literary journal. Thammavonga’s short story, “Worms,” is included in Ploughshares’ winter 2018-19 issue, a collection of stories, poems and essays from writers all around the world. In “Worms,” Thammavongsa unravels the layered relationship between a single mother and teenage daughter, both of whom are Lao refugees residing in a western world. They, and other Lao refugees, pick worms from the ground on a farm for meager wages. Although only eight pages long, “Worms” explores privilege and the ache and injustice of uprooting one’s life for the promise of a better future—only to be met with hardship along the way. Thammavongsa herself was born in a refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, Granta, NOON and Best American Non-Required Reading. She is working on her first collection of stories, called “How to Pronounce Knife,” which is set for a 2020 release date. Thammavongsa currently resides in Toronto, Canada. Other stories in Ploughshares’ winter issue will cover topics ranging …

Little Laos Year in Review: The Lao’dest moments of 2018

Another year has come and gone. And a lot has happened. From movies and books that brought our stories to the forefront to a devastating flood that swept through regions of Laos, impacting thousands; we’ve gathered up some our Lao’dest moments of the year that defined the Laotian community. Little Laos’ 2018 Year in Review JANUARY 4 – Rapper EraNetik is featured on rapper 50 Cent’s “Thisis50” website for his music video “Yellow Fellow” 10 – Luang Prabang comes in at No. 52 on the New York Time’s list of places to travel in 2018 17 – Minnesota swears in its first Hmong American judge, St. Paul lawyer Sophia Vuelo. The state’s jurist is right at home on Ramsey County bench. 23 – Chef James Syhabout’s book “Hawkerfare” is released 25 – The National Gallery in Jakarta, Indonesia opened “The Orient and Beyond,” a special exhibition of the works of Genevieve Couteau (1925-2013). It features Couteau’s drawings from Bali and several paintings from her journey to Laos. 31 – Martha Stewart features a version of …