Last year during the pandemic, Lao American poet Krysada Panusith Phounsiri released his second book of poetry, Every Passing Minute from Sahtu Press. It’s been steadily attracting readers and was recently covered in the International Examiner. Be sure to check out the article when you get a chance.
The collection “unearths vulnerability in the passing of time. The poems are part journey, part struggle in conversations about home, space, and freedom.” It features art by Nor Sanavongsay and photography by the author drawn from his travels around the glob and rebuilding community with his family in San Diego. Be sure to check it out.
Krysada Binly Phounsiri is a professional dancer, an award winning poet, and an avid photographer. He immigrated to the U.S. at the age of two from the country of Laos. Krysada is a San Diego based artist who began writing poetry at age 11, but fell in love with poetry when he attended UC Berkeley. He is a Physics / Astrophysics double major. He debuted his first book of poetry in April 2015, titled “Dance Among Elephants”. The book is a poetic journey of identity, family, homeland, love, and dance.
Since 2013, Sahtu Press has been a leading publisher of the Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander Diaspora. They have a passion for discovering new Lao talent hidden throughout the nation. It is their mission to acquire, publish, and promote high quality literature that comes from both emerging and well known Lao-American authors, and others also working to promote the interest of Lao American Communities. As a community centered organization, their goal is to amplify the voice of the Lao diaspora for the world to hear. The people of the Southeast Asian country of Laos are incredibly persistent, and have many messages to share with the world. Their job is to provide a channel through which the Lao-American Community can tell their stories of displacement, isolation, identity crisis, reflection, hope and happiness.