Lao American poet returns as CONvergence Guest of Honor
Laotian American poet Bryan Thao Worra will be among the guests of honor at the 2019 CONvergence convention in Minnesota this July. You can see his full schedule here.
An annual convention for fans of Science Fiction and Fantasy in all media, CONvergence is a four-day event attracts more than 6,000 members in the Midwest. The theme for this year is “2019: The Next Celebration.” Other Guests of Honor this year will include Chuck Tingle, the Doubleclicks, Guy Consolmagno, Bridget Landry, Allen Turner and Peter David, who all have made exceptional contributions to their respective fields.
With a career stretching almost 30 years, Bryan Thao Worra has received international recognition for his work, particularly as a speculative poet whose verse incorporates science fiction, fantasy, horror and mythology with history. His book DEMONSTRA won the Elgin Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association for Book of the Year in 2014. He was previously a Guest of Honor at CONvergence in 2015.
In the 45 years of the Southeast Asian diaspora, so far CONvergence holds the distinction as the only science fiction and fantasy convention in the world to have had two Lao American guests of honor, the second being writer Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay, the creator of Kung Fu Zombies vs. Cannibals, and other works.
A 2019 Joyce Award recipient, Thao Worra’s writing has been featured in Mithila Review, Sunspot Jungle, Innsmouth Free Press, Journal of the Asian American Renaissance, Dark Wisdom, G-Fan, Astropoetica, Expanded Horizons, Uncanny Magazine, and more in over 100 journals. His work has been displayed at the Smithsonian’s national traveling exhibit, “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story” and the Smithsonian’s CTRL+ALT culture lab on imagined futures. He represented the nation of Laos in 2012 as a Cultural Olympian during the London Summer Games and has played a key role in Southeast Asian American literature across the US for over 20 years.
You can learn more about Bryan Thao Worra at his blog, thaoworra.wordpress.com, and follow him on Twitter as @thaoworra.
Sahtu Press will soon be releasing his collection Before We Remember We Dream inspired in part by the film Blade Runner as well as the Southeast Asian diaspora. The collection will be illustrated by Nor Sanavongsay, who collaborated with him on the award-winning poem “Full Metal Hanuman,” which received the Readers Choice Award from Strange Horizons.
The CONvergence convention will be held July 4-7 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For further information, visit: http://www.convergence-con.org