Join us for an afternoon with award-winning poet Bryan Thao Worra as he talks about his new book Before We Remember We Dream. His new book explores the memory and geography in the Lao diaspora. Following the talk Worra will sign copies of his book.
This is a Free event. All ages welcome!
Seating at the event will be first-come first-served. This event will be a standing-room crowd, so if you require a seat for medical reasons, please contact us in advance to make arrangements.
About the Book:
Before We Remember We Dream by award-winning poet Bryan Thao Worra. This new book explores memory and geography in the Lao diaspora, and was in October, 2018. The collection also features original art by Nor Sanavongsay.
There are over 232,000 Lao in the United States and many of them arrived as refugees in the 1980s with over 13,000 resettling in Minnesota. Covering a period of nearly 45 years, “Before We Remember We Dream” navigates the unique experience of the author that took him from the final years of the war in Laos to Montana, Alaska, and his formative years in Michigan and Washington D.C. and a meandering search for his long-lost family. Drawing on such diverse influences as the science fiction film Blade Runner to the ancient Lao epic of Sinxay, the history of Lao cinema, paleontology, the horror writer H.P. Lovecraft, Playboy playmates, and a Hmong emu farm in Missoula, Thao Worra asks readers in this collection to assess what it means for refugees to rebuild, transform and tell their stories in their own words and on their own terms.
About the Author:
Bryan Thao Worra is author of DEMONSTRA (2013); BARROW (2009); Winter Ink (2008); On the Other Side of the Eye (2007) and The Tuk-Tuk Diaries: Our Dinner with Cluster Bombs (2003). His work appears in over 100 international publications, including Astropoetica, Cha, Asian Pacific American Journal, Hyphen, Lantern Review, Kartika Review, Journal of the Asian American Renaissance, Expanded Horizons, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Strange Horizons, Tales of the Unanticipated, and Innsmouth Free Press.
He was selected as a Cultural Olympian during the 2012 London Summer Olympics' Poetry Parnassus convened by the Southbank Centre. His work is part of the Smithsonian traveling exhibit I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story. He is the first Lao American to be accepted as a professional member of the Horror Writer Association and the Science Fiction Poetry Association, to which he currently serves as president. His accolades include a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts and an Asian Pacific American Leadership Award in the Arts from the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans. He works on Lao and Southeast Asian American refugee resettlement issues across the United States.