Asian American Literature Festival Announced for August

The Smithsonian’s 2019 Asian American Literature Festival official lineup was announced. Lao American writers Kaysone Syonesa and Bryan Thao Worra will be among the Lao Americans presenting there.

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.

Two events to see for certain include Friday’s “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 Bryan Thao Worra will preview excerpts from Laomagination 45, their collaboration for the Joyce Award with the Lao Assistance Center. This will be 11:30-1:00PM in the Eaton DC Crystal Room.

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.


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