Bryan Thao Worra

Bryan Thao Worra (Poetry) | Various, CA

Booking Fee:

$2000

Will Travel:

Anywhere

Contact:

thaoworra_at_gmail.com

Website:

http://thaoworra.blogspot.com/

Bryan Thao Worra is the president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an international literary organization celebrating the poetry of the imaginative and the fantastic. A Lao American writer, he holds over 20 awards for his work including an NEA Fellowship in Literature and was a Cultural Olympian representing Laos during the 2012 London Summer Games. The author of 6 books,his work appears internationally including Australia, Canada, Scotland, Germany, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea, and Pakistan.

Books

Demonstra (Innsmouth Free Press, 2013). Poetry.
Tanon Sai Jai (Silosoth Publishing, 2009). Poetry.
Tanon Sai Jai (Silosoth Publishing, 2009). Poetry.
Barrow (Sam's Dot Publishing, 2009). Poetry.
Barrow (Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2009). Poetry.

Winter Ink (Minnesota Center For Book Arts, 2008). Poetry.
Winter Ink (Minnesota Center For Book Arts, 2008). Poetry.
The Other Side of the Eye (Sam's Dot Publishing, 2007). Poetry.
The Other Side of the Eye (Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2007). Poetry.

Chapbooks

The Tuk-Tuk Diaries: My Dinner with Clusterbombs (Unarmed Press, 2003). Poetry.
The Tuk-Tuk Diaries: My Dinner with Clusterbombs (Unarmed Press, 2003). Poetry.

Blurbs, Press & Reviews

These poems are not bound by language, they leap from one to the other, indeed one realm to the other; not bound my myth, not bound by life, not bound by earth. Where they land, a world
all their own. You ever read your biography in a foreign language filled with foreign characters? At the end you come out with an intimate understanding of who you are, your place in
the places you call home. Don’t let the zombies and moon-eating frogs fool you, these poems will tell you about yourself, whether you be from Laos, Vietnam, Guinea or Somalia; whether home is China, Mexico, California, Kenya or the space between all those places.
—IBé Kaba, author of Bridge Across Atlantic

[He]…presents a universe in which mythologies—ancient and modern, American and Lao, cultural and popcultural, occupy the same space, conversing, breeding, and bleeding into one another. And the best part is that these many references—from greek mythology, to professional wrestling, to zombie films, to Lovecraftian horrors, to folktales, to kaiju battles and beyond– are always in the service of something greater. This is poetry with a deep respect and love for science fiction and horror tropes, but with an even greater respect and love for Lao culture and the Lao/Lao-American experience. These two big ideas are weaved together masterfully, creating that rare literary hybrid that transcends its component parts, a poetic Mekagojira,standing triumphant over a thousand fallen foes.
—Kyle “Guante” Tran Myhre, hip hop artist and two-time National Poetry Slam champion