All posts filed under: Poetry

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 …

Invasion! Inserting “Lao” into Everyday Words

There are often many ways to show off national pride: waving flags and getting decked out in the country’s colors comes to mind, but we Lao have become rather…creative in our endeavors. In fact, you might have noticed our collective creativity on this very bLAOg! See what I did there? In one of our late-night brainstorm sessions, we noticed just how easy it is, to insert “LAO” into common English words. Follow along for some fun! 1. Our most LAO’ved: We’re all about getting LAO’d and amplifying our voices here! 2. Globetrotting: From the US to Africa and all around the world and back again, we are taking over it all! LAOs Vegas LAOs Angeles LAOgos Sau PauLAO GuatemaLAO City 3. Special occasions: No matter how you celebrate, we bet there’s tons of food involved. HalLAOween Hol-LAO-days VaLAOntine’s Day 4. Getting creative: Have you ever noticed how talented our community is? MythoLAOgical LAOmagination 5. Fashion: Your go-to places for looking fresh. BLAOtique SaLAOn 6. Staying woke: It’s all about raising awareness! PoLAOtical SoLAOdarity 7. Subject …