The Smithsonian’s 2019 Asian American Literature Festival official lineup was announced. This year is the 10th year since I received an NEA Fellowship in Literature, and 21 years since I was last in Washington D.C. so this is a momentous occasion for me to present there.
Formally, I have two events this year: A presentation on Friday, for “Literary Addresses: Bryan Thao Worra + Cathy Schlund-Vials,” hosted by the Massachusetts Review and the Circle for Asian American Literary Studies at 12:30-2:00 PM in the Eaton DC Crystal Room on the Second Floor.
On Sunday, Lao American writer Kaysone Syonesa and I present excerpts from Laomagination 45, the textual component of our collaboration for the Joyce Award with the Lao Assistance Center. This will be held from 11:30-1:00PM in the Eaton DC Crystal Room.
The Asian American Literature Festival is a new model of literary programming: a convening, engine, and incubator— a community-generated cooperative space with dynamic, interactive programming and a commitment to arts solidarity, for sharing and growing Asian American literature. From their establishment in 1997 as an initiative critical to the mission of the Smithsonian until today, the vision for the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center has been to enrich the American Story with the voices of Asian Pacific Americans.