Bryan Thao Worra

Rookie - 203 Points (01/01/1973 / Vientiane, Laos)

Biography of Bryan Thao Worra

Bryan Thao Worra was born in 1973 in
Vientiane, Laos during the Lao civil
war. He came to the US at six months
old, adopted by a civilian pilot flying
in Laos. In 2003, he reunited with his
biological family after 30 years during
his first return to Laos.
An award-winning writer, his work appears in numerous international anthologies, magazines and newspapers, including Innsmouth Free Press, Kartika Review, Outsiders Within, Bamboo Among the Oaks, Tales of the Unanticipated, Astropoetica, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore,
Whistling Shade, Journal of the Asian American Renaissance, and Asian American Press.
In 2009 he became the first Laotian American to receive an NEA Fellowship In Literature. In 2012 he was a Cultural Olympian during the Summer Olympics in London representing Laos. He is the author of the books On the Other Side of the Eye, BARROW, Tanon Sai Jai and Winter Ink. Thao Worra curated numerous readings
and exhibits of Lao and Hmong American art including Legacies of War: Refugee Nation Twin Cities (2010) , 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) .

Bryan Thao Worra's Works:

On The Other Side Of The Eye, Sam's Dot Publishing, August 10,2007

BARROW, Sam's Dot Publishing, October 10,2009

Winter Ink, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, December 15,2008

The Tuk-Tuk Diaries: My Dinner With Cluster Bombs, Unarmed Press,2003

Tanon Sai Jai, Silosoth Press, May 2009

Touching Detonations, Sphinxhouse Press,2003

DEMONSTRA, Innsmouth Free Press,2013 Updates

Tom Mak Hung

We think them plentiful, like jumping shrimp and tiny crabs:
These mak hung, these chilies, the base for padaek.
The mouth waters with even a mention.

Every heart of Laos knows it well.
Cross oceans and mountains, battlefield and basement,
Oz or Kyrgyzstan, Modesto or Nashville, Phoenix or Pakse.

Meet anyone who can say sabaidee or a word of passa lao.

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