Bryan Thao Worra
503 Irving Avenue N. Minneapolis, MN 55101
Summary: Award-winning writer with over 15 years experience in strategic non-profit development, management, special events and communications. Extensive work with diverse national clients, including training in social justice, art, technology and service-learning. Private Consultant 2001-Present Paid consultant to various national agencies and colleges on the arts and humanities including Asian Media Access, Minnesota State Arts Board, the Smithsonian, the National Endowment for the Arts, the University of California Merced Center for the Humanities, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, Minnesota Historical Society, TeAda Productions of Los Angeles, and Public Interest Projects. Contributing regular columnist to Twin Cities Daily Planet and Asian American Press. Creative Works Editor for the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement. Assistant Executive Director, Lao Assistance Center 2009-2011 Supervised 7 staff and 300 volunteers for a $400,000+ organization. Oversaw regular communications and outreach for 12,000 multilingual refugees in Minnesota on resettlement, civic engagement, jobs training and economic policy, leadership training, the arts and education. Lead grant writer, submitting grants monthly from $5,000 to $75,000+ Coordinated monthly meetings and quarterly community festivals, lectures and exhibits for audiences of 50 to 1,200. Trained 3 years with Asian Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s Organizational Leadership Fellowship Program on Social Justice. Chair of the 2010 National Lao American Writers Summit, drawing over 1,000 international participants. Communications Director, Hawthorne Neighborhood Council 2006-2008 Responsible for community outreach with 6,000 residents of a diverse Minneapolis neighborhood including East African, Latin American, Native American and Southeast Asians. Used conventional, grassroots and emerging media techniques to promote monthly special events and 5 committees. Lead media spokesperson to 15 regional outlets. Lead photo and video documentarian. Acting assistant executive director for an organization overseeing $3,000,000 in city redevelopment funds. Successful fundraising experience with local and national foundations. Interim Executive Director, Hmong American Institute For Learning 2005 Coordinated international network of 200 Southeast Asian writers and artists in professional development, exhibitions and publication of a bilingual literary arts journal for a community of 400,000. Oversaw all communications and development including weekly grant-writing, individual giving and contracts. Organized monthly readings and events for 75-300 people. Program Coordinator, National Youth Leadership Council 2003-2004 Coordinated an international network of educational consultants arranging professional trainings on Service-Learning. Assisted logistics and planning for national and regional conferences. Assisted newsletter, website and list-serv serving over 5,000 education professionals weekly. Developed customized training materials for monthly workshops. Coordinated travel, lodging and reimbursements for 3 staff and over a dozen regular contractors and vendors. Community Outreach Coordinator, Little Brothers, Friends of the Elderly 2002 Coordinated 600 volunteers serving the isolated elderly. Responsible for monthly special event coordination. Developed outreach materials. Conducted weekly volunteer training and background checks, assisted monthly grant writing. Community Relations Coordinator, Asian Media Access 1999-2000 Coordinated weekly communications between public, 300 volunteers and staff to promote media education and special events including quarterly film festivals, youth leadership training camps, and workshops on arts and diversity training. Technical Skills: Successful grant writer familiar with federal, state, corporate and private foundations. Skilled in all levels of publication development: Writing, photography, editing, layout and design, procurement and delivery. Familiar with all major desktop publishing software, including Quark, InDesign, Publisher, Photoshop, Illustrator and HTML editors. Familiar with Raiser’s Edge, ACT, GoldMine and other CRM software. Education: Otterbein College, Westerville, Ohio. 1991-1997. Major: Public Relations (Concentration in Non-Western Cultures & Women’s Studies)
Key Awards 2017 University of CA Merced Center for the Humanities Artist-In-Residence 2015 NBC Asian American Poet to Watch 2014 Elgin Award for Book of the Year, Science Fiction Poetry Association 2014 Bronze Medal, Poetry World Cup, Missing Slate Magazine 2014 Reader's Choice Award-Poetry, Strange Horizons 2012 Cultural Olympian, Lao Delegate, London Summer Games. 2012 Minnesota Metropolitan Regional Arts Council Community Arts Grant. 2011 Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board. 2011 Youth Media Innovation, University of Minnesota Human Rights Center. 2010 Literacy Award, Lao Professionals of Illinois. 2009 National Endowment for the Arts, Fellowship in Literature for Poetry. 2009 Asian Pacific Leadership Award, State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans. 2008 Artists Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board. 2007 Career Initiative Grant, Loft Literary Center. 2005 Minnesota State Arts Board Cultural Collaboration Award with Mali Kouanchao. 2002 Minnesota Playwrights Center Many Voices Artist-In-Residence. 1994 Otterbein College Quiz and Quill Poetry Contest, First and Third Place. 1994 Otterbein College Quiz and Quill Walter Lowre Barnes Short Story Contest, First Place. 1994 Otterbein College Quiz and Quill Roy Burkhart Religious Poetry Contest, Second Place. 1993 Otterbein College Quiz and Quill Personal Essay Contest, First Place. 1993 Otterbein College Quiz and Quill Roy Burkhart Religious Poetry Contest, Second Place. 1991-1992 Otterbein College Quiz and Quill Poetry Contest, Second Place. 1991 James E. Casey Memorial Scholarship. 1991 Otterbein College Ammons-Thomas Award. 1991 National Honor Society Debra Kolander Service Scholarship, Saline High School.
Textbook Citations Asian American Culture: From Anime to Tiger Moms, by Lan Dong, 2016. Dictionary of Midwestern Literature - Volume 2, Dimensions of the Midwestern Literary Imagination. By Philip A. Greasley, 2016. Asian America: A Primary Source Reader, Cathy J. Schlund-Vials, K. Scott Wong, & Jason Oliver Chang (editors), 2016. The Great American Mosaic: An Exploration of Diversity in Primary Documents by Gary Okihiro and Lionel Bascom, 2014. Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th edition, 2012. Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater by Wenying Xu. 2012. Voices of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Experience, Sang Chi, Emily Moberg Robinson, 2012. Multicultural America: An Encyclopedia of the Newest Americans by Ronald H. Bayor, 2011. "So There It Is": An Exploration of Cultural Hybridity in Contemporary Asian American Poetry by B. Wallinger-Schorn, 2011. Culture and Customs of the Hmong (Culture and Customs of Asia) by Gary Yia Lee and Nicholas Tapp, 2010. Culture and Customs of Laos (Culture and Customs of Asia) by Arne Kislenko, 2009. Journal of Asian American Studies, Volumes 11-12, Association for Asian American Studies, August 13, 2010. Emerging Voices: Experiences of Underrepresented Asian Americans by Huping Ling, 2008.
Magazines, Journals and Anthology Publications “Zelkova Tree,” Voice and Verse, December, 2017. “Pavlov’s Menagerie Ruminates,” SPECPO, November, 2017. “The Last War Poem,” Secret War documentary, Valley PBS trailer, October, 2017. “What Kills A Man,” and “An Archaeology of Snow Forts,” Mithila Review, August, 2017. “Ecce Monstro,” Poetry, July/August, 2017. “The Robo Sutra,” Machine Dreams Zine, May, 2017. “Vientiane In 12 Haikus” Capitals, January, 2017. “An Exchange in Ukiah, CA, 2557,” Water~stone Review, Vol. 19 2016. “This Island, New Laos,” LONTAR journal, October, 2016. "Arachne's Daughter" and "The New Humenu, 2112," Defenestration, August 2016. “Phaya Nak Goes to the West,” Uncanny Magazine, July/August 2016. "Robohaikus" Jewish Mexican Literary Review, July 2016. “Chimarine,” “A Distant Sound of War,” Dark Discoveries Magazine #36, July, 2016. “The Pearl In the Shadows,” Cthulhusattva: Tales of the Black Gnosis, Martian Migraine Press, 2016. “Minions,” Strange Horizons, April, 2016. “Narrative of the Naga’s Heirs,” Uncanny Magazine, January/February 2016. "Laotian Cartographies, Part I (Phantoms)," "A Semblance of Our Conversation, April 11th, 2010, Ceres, CA,""My Secret War Within," Asian American Literary Review, Fall/Winter 2015. “Slices of Failure in Super Science,” Uncanny Magazine, July/August, 2015. Machine Dreams: A Symposium on Robots, Arts, and Difference Chapbook, Summer, 2015. “The Last War Poem,” 40 & Forward, SEARAC, May, 2015. "No Such Phi," Lakeside Circus, January, 2014. "Discussing Principles Of Art With Laotians," Cha Magazine, March, 2014. "The Last War Poem," Southeast Asia Globe, March, 2014 . "Five Flavors" reprinted at Little Laos on the Prairie, October, 2014. "The Dachshunds of Tindalos" a drabble for Spooky Halloween Drabbles 2014. “5 Flavors,” Expanded Horizons, October, 2013. “Full Metal Hanuman,” Strange Horizons, Fall, 2013. “Stainless Steel Nak,” Lontar: The Journal of Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, Singapore, August 2013. “The Robo Sutra,” Expanded Horizons, July, 2013. "Songkran Niyomsane's Forensic Medicine Museum, 2003," The Margins, July, 2013. “Laonomicon,” Innsmouth Magazine, Montreal, Canada, July, 2013. “No Regrets,” Rain of Poems, Casagrande Collective, Chile, June, 2013. “No Regrets,” The World Record, Bloodaxe Books, London, England, June, 2013. “Ink: A Recipe,” Cha Magazine, Hong Kong, March, 2013. “Fragment of a Dream of Atlantean Yellows,” Innsmouth Magazine, Montreal, Canada, January, 2013. “Dreamonstration,” The Missing Slate, Pakistan, January, 2013. “The Buddha of Bombies," "Idle Fears," and "A Koan of 32 Kwan." Buddhist Poetry Review, September, 2012. “On A Stairway in Luang Prabang,” BBC Radio Scotland, September 8, 2012. “What is the Southeast Asian American Poem of Tomorrow?,” Angry Asian Man, August, 2012. “Bangkok Arrival,” Toe Good Poetry, August, 2012. “Evolve,” Outsiders Within: Korean Language Edition, KoRoot Publishing, Seoul, Korea, 2012.
“Pen|Sword: 3 Tales or So,” Lantern Review #4, February, 2012. “Metropolis,” Toe Good Poetry, February, 2012. “The Deep Ones,” Future Lovecraft, Innsmouth Free Press, 2011. “The Spirit Catches You and You Get Body Slammed,” et al. How Do I Begin?, Heyday Books, 2011. “Khop Jai For Nothing, Farangs,” National Endowment for the Arts Writers Corner, 2010. “Home Is To Box As To Leave Is To Free,” et al. Kartika Review, Spring, 2010. “The Last War Poem,” Culture and Customs of Laos, Greenwood Publishing Group, March, 2009. “Selves,” “Voyage,” Grinding Up Stones, Spring, 2009. “Planting,” Cha Magazine, Hong Kong, February, 2009. “Burning Eden One Branch at a Time,” Language For A New Century, Norton, 2008. “Departures,” “Capital,” et al. Journal for SE Asian American Education and Advancement, 2007. “Riding the 16,” “Modern Life,” St. Paul Almanac, 2007. “from five fragments” In Our Own Words, Vol. 7, 2007. “Dream,” “Rebellions,”“Zaj,” “Ntsuag Sings the Blues,” Unplug, April/May, 2007. “Stairways In Luang Prabang,” “Nam,” “Sai Lao,” Bakka Magazine, April, 2007. “The Deep Ones,” “Before Going Feral,” Illumen, Spring 2007. “Zelkova Tree,” Cha Magazine, Hong Kong, February, 2007. “To A Chinese Horse Behind Minneapolis Glass” Papertiger: New World Poetry, Australia, Fall/Winter, 2006. “Boun,” “Jaew,” and “The National Library In Laos,” Bakka Magazine, October, 2006. “Daughters of Barrabas,” Poetry Midwest, Summer, 2006. “A Question of Place” Whistling Shade, Summer, 2006. “Soap,” “An Archaeology of Snow Forts,” and “Homonculus,” Tales of the Unanticipated #28 , 2006. “Imperious,” “Whorl,” Hyphen Magazine #9, Summer, 2006. “The Kaiju & I” 8-Poem Series, G-Fan Magazine #75, Spring, 2006. “Evolve", The Outsiders Within Anthology, South End Press, 2006. "To A Chinese Horse Behind Minneapolis Glass,” and "Babylon Gallery," Kaleidowhirl, Summer, 2005. “A Hmong Goodbye,” Poems Niederngasse, Germany, January/February, 2005. “A Few Unexpected Sights at Tuol Sleng,” Ithuriel's Spear, February, 2005. “Song for a Sansei,” Big Bridge #10, February, 2005. “Snakehead,” Peaks^ Literary Journal, January, 2005. “The Shape,” Paj Ntaub Voice Hmong Literary Journal, Winter, 2004. "Dog Soldier Haiku," Mastodon Dentist, December, 2004. “The Hermit Crab, Copacetic" and What Tomorrow Takes Away,” Pedestal Magazine, November, 2004. “Poultry” Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, October, 2004. "Kingdoms" Tamafyhr Mountain Poetry #28, October, 2004. “Midwestern Conversations,” Out of Line, Fall, 2004. “Verbal Rorschach,” Speakeasy Magazine, September, 2004. “Insomniacafe,” Real Eight View, October, 2004. “The Big G,” and "Secrets" Defenestration Magazine, September 20, 2004. “Questions,”" Discoveries," and "Understanding" Banned On These Premises Exhibition, August, 2004. “Democracia,” “Perspectives,” “Riding The 16,” “The Talk,” “Iai” Other Voices Int'l Poetry Project, 2004. “Enso,” Arbutus Journal, Winter, 2004. “Kobe Hotel,” and “Oni,” Big City Lit, February, 2004. “Mischief In The Heavens” Defenestration Magazine, February, 2004.
“Chances,” Defenestration Magazine, January, 2004. “Today‟s Special At The Shuang Cheng,” Mid-American Poetry Review, Fall, 2004. “A Song of Bangkok,” Cascadia Review, December, 2003. “Tetragrammaton,” Stirring Journal, December, 2003. “Champassak In January,” Rock Salt Plum Journal, December, 2003. “Surprises In America,” London Ghetto Poets, December, 2003. “Cocktail Napkins,” Muse Apprentice Guild, December, 2003. “Maidens of Sivilay,” and “Phonsavan,” Mad Poets of Terra, October, 2003. “Khaosan Road, 2003,” and “A Blessing Or A Curse.” Whimperbang, October, 2003. “Little Bear,” Astropoetica, Fall, 2003. “Gallery 16: Zen of the Mouth, 2003,” Urban Pioneer #4, Vol. II., 2003. “The Temples,” Paj Ntaub Voice, Summer, 2003. “The Spirit Catches You, And You Get Body Slammed,” Paj Ntaub Voice, Summer 2003. “History‟s Game,” Paj Ntaub Voice, Summer, 2003. “Voices,” Urban Pioneer #2, Vol. I., 2002. “Japonsime, Laoisme,” Asian Pacific American Journal, Winter, 2003. “Genesis 2020,” Whistling Shade, Summer, 2002. “Incantation of a Hooligan,” Unarmed #31, 2002. “The Last War Poem,” Bamboo Among the Oaks, Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002. “Fury,” Bamboo Among the Oaks, Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002. “Wisdom,” Bamboo Among the Oaks, Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002. “Modern Life,” Unarmed #29, 2002. “The Serpent Under The Rainbow,” Unarmed #25, 2002. “Futura,” Paj Ntaub Voice Hmong Literary Journal, Summer, 2001. “GPS,” Paj Ntaub Voice Hmong Literary Journal, Summer, 2001. “Quixote‟s Jihad,” Unarmed #23, 2001. “My Autopsy, Thank You,” Journal of the Asian American Renaissance, Winter 2001. “Half The Battle,” Journal of the Asian American Renaissance, Winter, 2001. “Visual Silence,” Paj Ntaub Voice Hmong Literary Journal, Winter, 2001. “Fury,” Paj Ntaub Voice Hmong Literary Journal, Winter, 2001. “N‟est Ce Pas Olympus,” Whistling Shade, Winter, 2001. “Heresy To Shining See,” Unarmed #20, 2001. “Smoke Coil 2001,” Unarmed #18, 2001. “Naked,” Paj Ntaub Voice Hmong Literary Journal, Summer, 2000. “Writers at War,” Paj Ntaub Voice Hmong Literary Journal, Summer, 2000. “Raven Remembers,” USAF Forward Air Controller’s Website, Spring, 1999.
Selected Short Stories “What Hides and What Returns,” Historical Lovecraft, Innsmouth Free Press, Montreal, Canada, 2011. “A Model Apartment,” Innsmouth Free Press, Issue 4, Montreal, Canada, 2010. “The Dog at the Camp,” Tales of the Unanticipated, Autumn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 2006. “The True Tale of Yer,” Bamboo Among the Oaks, MN Historical Society Press, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2002. “A Dream of Laaj,” Paj Ntaub Voice, Vol. 7, No. 1, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2000.
Books DEMONSTRA, Innsmouth Free Press, 2013. BARROW, Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2009. Winter Ink, MN Center for Book Arts, 2008. On the Other Side of the Eye, Sam’s Dot Publishing, 2007. My Dinner with Cluster Bombs: The Tuk-Tuk Diaries, Unarmed Press, 2003. Touching Detonations, Sphinx House Press, 2003
Selected Performances 2005-2017 Arcana 47 Professional Presenter, St. Paul, MN, September 29-October 1st, 2017. Diversicon 26 Professional Presenter, St. Paul, MN, July 27-29th, 2017. G-Fest 26, Professional Presenter, Chicago, IL, July 14-16th, 2017. CONvergence 19 Alumni Guest of Honor, Bloomington, MN, July 8-10th, 2017. National Lao American Writers Summit, Founding Chair, Seattle, WA, June 23-24, 2017. “Our Shared Futures: Refugee Imagination,” Presenter, Holistic Cultural & Education Wellness Center, April 29, 2017. “Laomagination,” UC Merced Center for the Humanities Artist in Residence, Merced, CA, April, 2017. “Water: Ways of Knowing and Being Biennial Conference,” UC Merced Center for the Humanities, April 7-8, 2017. "Resistance Radio Heart," Performer, Kearny St. Workshop, San Francisco, CA, December 8th, 2016. "Science Fiction Poetry," Presenter, LOSCON 43, Los Angeles, CA, November 26th, 2016. "Short Futures: Beyond the Epic," Presenter, CTRL+ALT, Smithsonian APA Center, New York, November 11-12th, 2016. National Lao American Writers Summit, Keynote Speaker, San Diego, CA, May 27-28th, 2016. "The Last War Poem," Exhibited at Hmongstory 40 in Merced, CA, May 7-15th 2016. USEAA (United SEAsian American) End of Year Celebration Keynote, Fresno City College, Fresno, CA, May 4th, 2016. "Crossing Borders" Wisconsin Fellowship of Poets Spring Conference, Featured Poet, Madison, WI, April 29th-30th, 2016. "Writing From Your Own Pantheon," Instructor, Kearny Street Workshop, San Francisco, CA, April 11th-May 9th, 2016. "SEAsian Superheroes," Presenter, Silicon Valley Comic Con, San Jose, CA, March 18-20, 2016. "Transitions: Refugee Memories and Imagination in Diasporic Expression," Presenter, UC Davis, CA, March 7th, 2016. SEAsian American Legacies: 40 Years After the Vietnam War, Guest Speaker, UC-Merced, CA, December 4th, 2015. I-SEA Film Festival, Guest Speaker, San Francisco, CA, November 20-22nd, 2015. ZAPPCON, Guest Speaker, Fresno, CA, October 17-18th, 2015. CON-Volution, Guest Speaker, San Francisco, CA, October 2-4th, 2015. CONVergence, Guest of Honor, Bloomington, MN, July 2-5th, 2015. “Lao Voices in Diaspora” Guest Speaker, Mendocino College, Ukiah, CA, May 7 th, 2015. “Burning Legacies: Cancer/Covert Wars” Presenter, Rainbow Books Cooperative, Madison, WI, April 27th, 2015. National Lao American Writers Summit, Speaker, University of Minnesota UROC, Minneapolis, MN, April 17-18th, 2015. Aqus Literary Speakeasy, Guest Reader, Petaluma, CA, October 29 th, 2014. DEMONSTRA Launch Party, Featured Reader, Lao Cultural Center, Minneapolis, MN, December 30 th, 2013. Cracked Walnut series, Guest Reader, Fireside Café, Mineapolis, MN, November 22nd, 2013. Accent at Jambo Café, Guest Reader, Jambo Café, Minneapolis, MN, November 17 th, 2013 Mt. San Jacinto Student Development Program, Guest lecturer, 8 sessions, San Jacinto, CA, Fall 2013. H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival—Los Angeles, Special Guest, Los Angeles, CA, September 27, 2013. San Diego Comic-Con, Presenter, San Diego, CA, July 20th, 2013.
Legacies of War: Voices from Laos, Presenter, Sacramento, CA, April 11th, 2013. Legacies of War: Voices from Laos, Presenter, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA, April 9th, 2013. Marscon 2013, Presenter, Bloomington, Minnesota, March 1-3rd, 2013. “Beyond the Other Side of the Eye,” Harrison Neighborhood Center, Presenter, Minneapolis, MN. February 21st, 2013. H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival-Los Angeles, Special Guest, Los Angeles, CA, September 28th, 2012. Common Ground 1 Year Anniversary, Presenter,VAALA Center, Santa Ana, CA, August 4th, 2011. Slice and Spice of Asia Storytelling, Presenter, Brookdale Library, Brooklyn Center, MN, May 14th, 2011. Beyond the Pure: Writers of Color Series, Presenter, Intermedia Arts, Minneapolis, MN, October 26th, 2010. Lao Artists Festival, Presenter, Elgin, IL, August 20-21st, 2010. Lao American Writers Summit, Presenter, Minneapolis, MN, August 15, 2010. Twin Cities Dragon Festival, Presenter, St. Paul, MN, July 11th, 2010. Family Style Open Mic, Featured Poet, Asian Arts Initiative, Philadelphia, PA, May, 2010. Otterbein College, Presenter, Westerville, OH, February 25, 2010. Birchbark Reading Series, Birchbark Books, Presenter, Minneapolis, MN, January 13th, 2010. Kulture Trust Benefit, Loft Literary Center, Presenter, Minneapolis, MN, June 10, 2009. International Lao New Year, Featured Poet, San Francisco, CA, April 11th, 2009. Verse and Converse, Presenter, Todd Boss Poetry Series, Nina’s Café, October 1 st, 2008. UCSB Diversity Lecture Series, UCSB Multicultural Center, Presenter, Santa Barbara, CA, May 20th, 2008. Association of Asian American Studies Annual Meeting, Presenter, Chicago, IL April 17-18th, 2008. American Intercultural Center, Presenter, UW-Green Bay, April 10th, 2008. Viterbo University, Presenter, April 9th, 2008. Rhymefest, Presenter, University of California, San Diego, CA, February 12, 2008. Fantasy Matters Conference, Presenter, Minneapolis, MN, November 16-18th, 2007. “On The Other Side Of The Eye” Launch Party, Guest of Honor, Loft Literary Center, August 10 th, 2007. Giant Lizard Theater, Presenter, Convergence, Minneapolis, MN, July 6, 2007. Tripmasters: Hmong & Lao Writers, Presenter, Normandale Community College, March 28, 2007. Un-Named Series of Hmong and Lao Writers, Presenter Loft Literary Center, Minneapolis, MN, January 23, 2007. Special Guest Speaker, Diversicon 14, Minneapolis, MN, August 11-13, 2006. Giant Lizard Theater, Presenter, Convergence, Minneapolis, MN, July 6, 2006. Art & Diaspora Festival, Institute for Advanced Studies, Presenter, U of MN, Minneapolis, MN, April 12, 2006. Taste of the Mountains Hmong Cultural Night Dinner Keynote,UW-Stevens Point, December 3, 2005.
BIOGRAPHICAL SUMMARY Bryan Thao Worra holds the distinction of being the first Lao American to receive an NEA Fellowship in Literature in 2009 for poetry. In 2012, he was selected as the Lao delegate to serve as a Cultural Olympian during the London Summer Games. His poetry was displayed at the Smithsonian's National American History Museum and as part of the traveling exhibit “I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story.” He is a reporter with Asian American Press and the creative works editor of the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement. He founded the first National Lao American Writers Summit in 2010 bringing together over 100 established and emerging refugee Lao American writers from across the country. In 2012, he established the first Lao Minnesotan Artists Heritage Month, recognized by the Governor of Minnesota.
His writing is cited in over nine
national and international textbooks including the 2012 edition of the Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics and Wenying Xu’s Historical Dictionary of Asian American Literature and Theater. He received a 2011 award for Youth Media Innovation from the University of Minnesota Human Rights Center for his work training and developing Lao American youth to use film and video to address social justice issues. Since 2003 he served as a regular speaker to the annual Asian Media Access Youth Media Training Camp in Minnesota training Asian American youth on story development techniques and script development. He was among the first Lao Americans to present their literary work on Youtube and other social media formats and works closely with emerging Lao American film-makers. Among his 20 other literary, academic and professional awards, he holds an Asian Pacific American Leadership Award in 2009 from the State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, and a 2002 Many Voices Fellowship from the Minnesota Playwrights Center. He organized numerous Lao American interdisciplinary exhibits and performances in Minnesota including Beyond The Other Side of The Eye (2013) Legacies of War: Refugee Nation Twin Cities (2010), Emerging Voices (2002), The 5 Senses Show (2002), Lao’d and Clear (2003), Giant Lizard Theater (2005), Re:Generations (2005), and The Un-Named Series (2007). Bryan Thao Worra is the author of 6 books and his work appears in over 100 international publications around the world including Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, Germany, France, Singapore, China, Korea, Chile, Pakistan, and across the United States. His poems have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Korean, Thai, Tagalog, Bengali, and Lao. He is the first Lao writer to hold professional membership in the international Horror Writer Association and the Science Fiction Poetry Association. In 2016, he became the first Lao American to serve as the president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association. Thao Worra was also the first Lao American to serve on the board of the award-winning Loft Literary Center, and has served on the advisory committees of the Carl Brandon Society and the Kartika Review. He has served as a consulting contractor to numerous institutions including the National Endowment for the Arts, Asian Media Access, the Minnesota History Center, the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Thao Worra was a featured guest speaker at numerous colleges nationally including California, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Ohio.
A current arts resume including publications, awards, and other distinctions for Lao American writer Bryan Thao Worra
Published on Dec 15, 2017
A current arts resume including publications, awards, and other distinctions for Lao American writer Bryan Thao Worra