Hello all, I will be doing a series of readings on the East Coast to promote my book. More details to follow. Thursday October 18 BOSTON Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center 38 Ash Street, Boston 6:30 p.m. 38 Ash Street Boston, MA Friday October 19 PHILADELPHIA Temple 5 p.m. Family Style/Asian Arts Initiative 7:30 p.m. $5-$10 sliding scale Asian Arts Initiative 1219 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA Saturday October 20 NEW YORK
Hello all, I am proud to be reading as a part of two events in the Bay area this weekend. Each event has plenty of awesome Vietnamese American artists participating, not just me. Here is the info: Friday, April 27, California and Beyond: Vietnamese American Artists and Writers Symposium, Stanford University, Stanford Humanities Center, 424 St. Teresa St. Link here Saturday, April 28, 7pm Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network’s SF Vietnamese
There is a certain catalyzing style that comes of utter fearlessness, and the poet Bao Phi has cornered it with his debut poetry collection, Sông I Sing. Jane Y. Kim, Hyphen magazine Read the full review here.
In this strong and angry work of what he calls refugeography, Bao Phi, who has been a performance poet since 1991, wrestles with immigration, class and race in America at sidewalk level… on this song of his very American self, every poem Mr. Phi writes rhymes with the truth. read the full New York Times review here. Dana Jennings, the New York Times
Bao Phi’s words are undeniably politically brave and brutally honest—a rarity of a voice much needed. Ly Vũ Hoàng, Pacific Reader Journal Review
George Uba reads the tribalism, in discursive Asian American poetry, as an ethnographic signifier of resistance to an oppressive and dominant culture, as anti-assimilationist, as privileging the oral over the written, and as more embracing of the polemic than the poetic—all descriptors that resonate through Bao Phi’s poetry… Professor Greg Choy, Department of Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley Read the full review here.
I’ve been fortunate in that a lot of good people have been saying good things about my book. First off, a very talented fellow Vietnamese American artist and community organizer whom I have a lot of respect for, and whom I am lucky to call friend, Sahra Nguyen. Also Kevin Ost-Vollmers was kind enough to devote some space to an interview with me on his awesome blog, Land of a