All posts tagged: Poetry

A Future We See Ourselves In: Talking with Bryan Thao Worra

This week, the Science Fiction Poetry Association has announced that I’ve been elected as the organization’s new president. I’ll be the first Lao American to lead a speculative literature organization, and Little Laos on the Prairie has asked me to speak a little about that today. The Science Fiction Poetry Association‘s mission is to bring together international writers interested in poetry featuring science fiction, fantasy, horror, and the imagination. Founded in 1978, every year we publish several journals, hold contests and present 3 major literary awards for writers. I myself was a recipient of the Elgin Award for Book of the Year in 2014. The organization also provides resources for poets seeking professional publication and networking opportunities. And these opportunities are definitely needed. Although today science fiction and fantasy seem common in most corners of artistic endeavor, such as film, novels, and the visual arts, poetry is one area that’s received less attention even as remarkably innovative work is being done there. While awards aren’t everything in the literary arts, it’s hard not to notice the …

Krysada Panusith Phounsiri wins 2016 Rhysling Awards for Best Poem of the Year

This week, the Science Fiction Poetry Association announced the winners of the 2016 Rhysling Awards for Best Poem of the year. Lao American writer Krysada Panusith Phounsiri was this year’s winner in the Long Form category for his poem “It Begins With A Haunting.” He shares the award with Ann K. Schwader and her poem “Keziah” as the result of a tie vote among the international organization’s membership. This was the very first year Krysada Panusith Phounsiri had been nominated for the distinction, and his poem first appeared in his debut collection of poetry Dance Among Elephants from Sahtu Press in 2015. Little Laos on the Prairie has featured the poet’s work in the past, in addition to interviewing the San Diego native about his work and inspirations. He recently served as the chair of the highly successful 3rd National Lao American Writers Summit in San Diego, and will be attending the Lao National Convention in Las Vegas this Summer. Krysada Panusith Phounsiri is currently at work on his second book of poetry. The Science Fiction Poetry Association was founded in 1978 to promote science-fiction poetry around the world. The Science …