All posts tagged: Writing

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 …

Save the Date! San Diego hosts Lao American Writers Summit 2016

Mark your calendars and get those creative juices flowing! Spend your spring break with LLOTP and other literary and visual artists, activists, shakers and community builders this year at the 2016 Lao American Writers Summit from May 27-May 28, 2016 in sunny San Diego, California. LLOTP is excited to co-host and sponsor this year’s 2nd annual event. Keynote speakers include LLOTP editor and poet Bryan Thao Worra and Legacies of War‘s Channapha Khamvongsa. About the summit: 40 Years of Lao Diaspora, less than 40 Books of Lao American writers published. It has been a challenge for the Lao American community to be visible. Community issues, expression in art, and access to higher education are core to the problem of invisibility regarding Lao Americans. The summit aims to be a gathering space for creatives and professionals who are Lao American as well as those who support the community. Its objective is to open dialogue on the current state of creative writing, visual artistry, social media, and community advocacy of Lao Americans whose history ties with the events …