Krysada Panusith 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, with a minor in Creative Writing. His dance resume includes various competition wins around the globe, performing a year long stint in Las Vegas, dancing / choreographing on movie sets, and other numerous creative projects. His work has appeared previously in publications such as the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s national photo project “A Day In the Life of Asian America”. His recent series “Beauty Beyond Scars” is featured in various blogs/content sites including The Getty and The Phoblographer. His first book of poetry, Dance Among Elephants, was published in 2015. Winner of the Science Fiction Poetry Association’s Rhysling Award 2016 in the Long Form Poetry Category for “It Begins With a Haunting”.
Blurbs, Press & Reviews
As a debut collection of poetry, Krysada Panusith Phounsiri’s Dance Among Elephants marks an important turn for Lao American literature as the next generation in diaspora finds its voice. Blending hip-hop sensibilities with intense literary rigor, Dance Among Elephants comes in time for the 40th anniversary of the Lao American diaspora, told from a distinctive Lao Southern Californian perspective. Until recently, we’ve heard primarily from artists from Luang Prabang, Vientiane, and Savannakhet. Krysada Panusith Phounsiri’s family traces their roots to Huay Xai province. Dance Among Elephants gives readers much to consider and marks a promising start for the multitalented artist.
—Lao American Review