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My Grandmother’s Garden

My chubby, dirt-stained fingers reach into the bag of old pinto beans found at the back of my grandmother’s bottom kitchen cabinet. I drop two into each of the freshly poked holes towards the corner of the weed-riddled grass plot in our backyard. Sloppily, I scoot dirt back over them, drench the soft earth with hose water staying long enough to see it soak into the soil. “Aiyoooooooo!” Grandma shouts at me to come downstairs. Tells me to hurry up, says there’s something I need to see. “Mangc gaax naaiv!” My small bare feet smack the tacky linoleum floor as I race to her side. Under the shadow of her pink garden hat I see her beaming. She opens her hands to reveal seven strands of green beans striped purple, maroon, red She cooked them that night for dinner — first, vegetable oil in the pot then salt minced garlic thai chili and seven green beans as she bragged on the phone about my newfound, natural gardening ability Grandma’s hands always made things grow. From …

2018 Lao American Poet Spotlight

It’s April!  That means it’s Pi Mai Lao, National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Month, and National Poetry Month! Lactose intolerance kind of dampens our attitude about grilled cheese sandwiches but here at Little Laos on the Prairie we love our poets who’ve been blazing trails across the country, including creators like: Phayvanh Leukhamhan, Souvankham Thammavongsa, Krysada Panusith Phounsiri, Catzie Vilayphonh, Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, Xaysouvanh Phengphong, and Kongkeo Saycocie. All of them have helped to make the world a much more interesting place with their verse and creativity! Last year we discovered several new poets in the community through events such as the Lao American Writers Summit in Seattle and social media, and we want to take the time out to draw your attention to their work. You might discover a new favorite writer! Alina Amkhavong is a Lao American spoken word artist with roots in Seattle who attended University of Southern California and performed at the Lao American Writers Summit sharing her poem “blossom” with the community. She’s been very positive about embracing her roots and heritage …