I’m presenting at the Tube Factory Art Space in Indianapolis thanks to Big Car on Friday, June 14th. It will be a fun-filled evening of dinner and poetry! You can read a nice article on my reading at IndyArtsGuide thanks to the Arts Council of Indianapolis.
This will be my very first reading in Indiana after 30+ years as a writer. 2019 is the 10th anniversary of my collection Tanon Sai Jai and the beginning of my ground-breaking Fellowship in Literature (Poetry) with the National Endowment for the Arts.
As a nonprofit art and design organization, Big Car Collaborative utilizes tools of culture and creativity to build community and social cohesion — helping connect people as a way to boost quality of life. Formed in 2004 and based in Indianapolis, Indiana USA, they also work in other communities and collaborate with artists from around the world.
As an adaptive and flexible cultural organization, they draw together people of all backgrounds to promote and perpetuate creativity, invigorate public places, and support neighborhoods. Big Car is a creative community builder working to boost livability from an engagement-based arts perspective. Their mission statement is: We bring art to people and people to art, sparking creativity in lives to support communities.
2019 is the 19th anniversary of World Refugee Day on June 20th, so I’ll be reading selections from my upcoming book Before We Remember We Dream from Sahtu Press, and Laomagination: 45, my work-in-progress for the Joyce Foundation’s Joyce Award project with the Lao Assistance Center as we reflect on 45+ years in the US as refugees and immigrants in diaspora following the Secret War that ended in 1975.
As a preview, here’s my poem “Ironies” from my 2018 collection Diasporantics: