Booking Bryan Thao Worra

As a Lao American writer, I enjoy speaking with other writers, artists, students and their communities. I happily travel nationally and internationally in this capacity. The following information may help if you’re interested in my professional services. You may contact me at with additional questions.

You can order my most recent book BEFORE WE REMEMBER WE DREAM directly from Sahtu Press. A study guide is now available. You can also read free copies of several older collections of my poetry at:


I advise primarily in literary disciplines, and take a very limited number of clients in traditional dance, folk arts, and visual arts. Consultations can help you in your creative work, assist you in identifying professional goals and opportunities, and developing your artistic strategies along a realistic timeline.

For individuals, standard consultations cost $90/hour. If you anticipate needing more than 10 hours of consultation, retainer rates are available. For informal groups and non-profit organizations, my standard consultation rate is $250/hour or $2,500 for one day. Additional charges or discounts may apply depending on project complexity.

The following credentials may assist you when considering my services:

I hold the distinction of being the first Lao American to receive an NEA Fellowship in Literature in 2009 for poetry. Among my 20 literary, academic and professional awards, I hold an Asian Pacific American Leadership Award in 2009 from the State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, and a 2002 Many Voices Fellowship from the Minnesota Playwrights Center. Since 2018 I have served as the Lao Minnesotan Poet Laureate.

In 2012, I was selected as the Lao delegate to serve as a Cultural Olympian during the London Summer Games. I am the first Lao American to serve as the president of the international Science Fiction Poetry Association, and was the very first Artist in Residence of the University of California Merced’s Center for the Humanities in 2017. My poetry is presently on display at the Smithsonian’s national traveling exhibit I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story.   

My writing is cited in over 9 international textbooks including the 2012 edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics and Wenying Xu’s Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater and over 27 academic papers. 

I served as a consultant or contractor to numerous institutions including the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, the National Endowment of the Arts, the Minnesota History Center, the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, the Minnesota State Arts Board, the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

The author of 8 books, my work appears in 100+ publications globally including Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, Chile, Pakistan, and the United States. I am the first Lao to hold professional membership in the Horror Writer Association.  My writing is translated in Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Tagalog, Bengali, and Lao. 

Additional details can be found at Wikipedia for your convenience.

I look forward to discussing your specific needs and how we can best work together!