Wednesday, April 1, 2015

National Lao American Symposium and Writers Summit: April 17-18, 2015

This is a reminder that the Lao American writers and artists from around the nation gather for the National Lao American Symposium and Writers Summit April 17-18, 2015 at Urban Research Outreach and Engagement Center in Minneapolis. This activity was made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.

 The Lao American Writers Summit examines ways writers create work to transform their lives and their world. It is organized as a grass-roots effort with the assistance of many local and national arts and community groups. Confirmed writers include award-winning film-makers, authors and performers such as Catzie Vilayphonh of the spoken word duo Yellow Rage, Saymoukda Vongsay, playwright and author of the chapbook “No Regrets,” actor Ova Saopeng of Refugee Nation, and the acclaimed poets Krysada Panusith Phounsiri, writer Nor Sanavongsay, Ko Chandetka, and the Kinnaly Dance Troupe from Seattle.

 This year’s Summit received funding and support from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, the Lao Assistance Center, the Loft Literary Center, Asian American Press, the University of Minnesota Asian American Studies Program, Swan Scythe Press, the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, the national Association of Asian American Studies and many others. For more information email: or visit the conference website at