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5 for 5, and links to video poems

Hello community, I’ll be reading at Elizabeth Tannen’s cool series, 5 for 5, at Five Watt Coffee tomorrow (Tuesday, December 14, 2015, 8 pm, free). Five writers reading for five minutes. And the coffee is great! As part of my Minnesota State Arts Board grant, I worked with filmmaker and good friend Tony Nguyen on some short video poems featuring my poetry. Here are links to them:

Video Poem, and (Re) Collecting Panel

Hello all, I am honored to be a part of the (Re) Collecting the Vietnam War panel alongside Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay and Kao Kalia Yang. On Tuesday, November 17, 2015 at the Elmer L Andersen Library 120, University of Minnesota, 5 pm. Also, my good friend, talented filmmaker Tony Nguyen, made a beautiful video out of one of my poems recently. Link below.

Portland! October 22, 2015

Big thanks to the U Conn Storrs chapter of the Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority for bringing me in to perform and speak last week! What a bright, lovely group of people you are. Thanks so much. Tonight, I’ll be reading at 6:30 pm at the Hollywood Library, NE 40th Ave & NE Tillamook St, Portland, Oregon. I’ve read in Oregon before, but this is my first time in Portland! Hope

No Star Where: New Poems at the Loft

Thanks to a Minnesota State Arts Board grant, I’ve devoted a lot of time and energy to the creation and editing of new poems this year. I’ll be reading at the Loft this Saturday, September 12, 2015, at 7 pm. Thanks to the Loft and Minnesota State Arts Board, this reading is free and open to the public. Here are some links to interviews and info: http://labloga.blogspot.com/2015/09/where-stardust-and-poetry-meet.html http://www.thecurrent.org/feature/2015/09/10/weekend-arts-roundup-sept-10-2015-?WT.mc_id=1cf2ce28ac23a8241e5d61d534f496a4 http://www.citypages.com/arts/slam-champion-bao-phi-reads-new-poems-at-the-loft-7648740

Kundiman, Asian American Fatherhood, and Duluth on July 11, 2015

Hello supporters and friends, I just got back from being on faculty at the Kundiman retreat in New York City. It was a phenomenal experience, and being among so many talented and kind Asian American writers definitely recharged my batteries. If you’ve never heard of Kundiman, please check them out here: http://kundiman.org/ In case you missed it, CAAM did a wonderful post for Father’s Day on Asian American dads, and

Bao Phi Out and About

Hello friends, family and community – this weekend I am off to L.A. perform in the live shows and taping of Paris By Night. I know – amazing and nerve wracking. Thanks to my sister in law and my mom for helping me with some help with Vietnamese phrases I am trying to memorize, my friend Leilani for writing those phrases, and my dad for fixing up those nice designer

Thank you, Allan Kornblum. 1949-2014

From the time I was a young high school poet hungry to read books, especially by poets of color, Coffee House was the publisher that put out work by some of my favorite writers. Before the internet, these books made me who I am. A lot of that catalog was formed through the vision of Allan Kornblum. By the time I was in my mid-30’s, I had been a poet

New review in L.A. Letters/Mike’s book release

My friend, the great poet Douglas Kearney, hipped me to this new review of my book in L.A. Letters on KCET, by Mike Sonksen. It was completely unexpected, and quite awesome. http://www.kcet.org/socal/departures/columns/la-letters/race-space-place-two-books-for-asian-pacific-american-heritage-month.html I’ll be performing tomorrow, May 21st, at Michael Mlekoday’s book release. I’m excited, as I get to share some new work – but moreso for Mike’s book. He’s an amazing poet, and if you haven’t experienced his work

Performing in Boulder this Week, and Nerds of Color

Hello all, I am taking a temporary break from my hiatus to perform for the good folks in Boulder. Hope to read some new poems. Here is the info: What: CollaborAsian Open Mic potluck with Bao Phi When: March 13th Time: 6:00PM-8:00PM Where: University of Colorado at Boulder, University Memorial Center 382 Cost: Free Also, I’ve been writing a few essays for the Nerds of Color site, which is awesome.

Angry Poetry Corner

Angry Asian Man published one of my poems, 8 (9), about murdered Hmong teenager Fong Lee. Thanks a million to Angry Asian Man and Cara Van Le for providing this space, I hope it raises some awareness of his life and the injustice he and his family suffer. Thanks also to the Fong Lee family for the permission to (re)print this poem online. Poem here. Peace and be safe.