All posts tagged: Bryan Thao Worra

Bryan Thao Worra, Photo by Boon Vong

#TBT: Reflections on community, voice, and Little Laos on the Prairie

Today’s Throwback Thursday post is for a couple of reasons. Reflections on 40 years of Lao Diaspora, #AngryAsianGate, and the importance of diverse voices in the blogosphere. For our 2nd birthday back in 2013, Bryan Thao Worra wrote about LLOTP and why it exists on his personal blog, Lao’d and Clear on Twin Cities Daily Planet, a citizen journalist-based online publication– and a big champion of our work here at LLOTP. Some notable points… Our stories really do matter. “That the contributors who’ve written for Little Laos on the Prairie over the years took a chance on all of these different issues. To express one’s self? To share an opinion in the world freely, to risk changing that world with a handful of words? Those are some of the greatest gifts of democracy, and one I believe we’re obliged to use, or else we will lose it. Lao who know their history know this better than almost anyone else.” Diversity in the blogosphere is necessary. “There’s really no instruction manual for how a society that once lived as a monarchy transitions into …

Lao Horror Poetry at H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival

It’s been a big month for fans of Lao American horror. Film director Mattie Do had the US premiere of her ghost story Chanthaly at Fantastic Fest in Texas to rave reviews. Playwright Saymoukda Vongsay is days away from the world premiere of her play Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals at the Southern Theater. And Little Laos on the Prairie’s Bryan Thao Worra was a featured guest at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Los Angeles. At the famous Whale and Ale restaurant, he gave a stunning presentation from his new book DEMONSTRA, which is entering the final stages of editing with Innsmouth Free Press.  He gave the audience in attendance a reading of three of his poems, “To an Old Tune,” “The Deep Ones,” and “The Terror in Teak,” an experimental poem that combines the tropes of horror writer H.P. Lovecraft with Lao culture. The reading was organized by Cody Goodfellow, author of books such as All-Out Monster Action. This is the fourth year the festival has been convened in Los Angeles, but it is part of an 18-year old tradition …