Tomorrow stop here for an interview with Asian-American poet Bryan Thao Worra as part of the Couplets celebration of National Poetry Month. Later, I will be interviewing Diane Lockward and host guest blogger Iris Dunkle.
Bryan Thao Worra was born in 1973 in Laos during the Laotian civil war. He came to the US at the age of six months old, adopted by a civilian pilot flying in Laos. Today, Bryan Thao Worra works actively on issues of community development, refugee resettlement and the arts. In 2003, Thao Worra reunited with his biological family during his first return to Laos. A poet, short story writer, playwright and essayist, he is a prolific writer. He has a unique impact on contemporary art and literature within the Lao, Hmong, Asian American and transcultural adoptee communities, particularly in the Midwest. Thao Worra curated numerous readings and exhibits of Lao and Hmong American art including Emerging Voices (2002), The 5 Senses Show (2002), Lao’d and Clear (2003), Giant Lizard Theater (2005), Re:Generations (2005), and The Un-Named Series (2007).
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