April Updates!

Hello everyone, I apologize for not being better at updating this site.

On Monday, April 8, 2019, Thi Bui and I will be in Moorhead speaking at Unpacking the Vietnamese Refugee Experience, 7 p.m. on the Gaede Stage at the University of Minnesota, Moorhead.

On Monday, April 15, 2019, 7 pm, I’ll be reading from A Different Pond at the Morris Public Library, 102 E 6th St, Morris, MN 56267

And this is a long way off, but time flies in Minnesota when the weather’s warm: the book release party for my second children’s book, My Footprints, illustrated by Basia Tran and published by Capstone, will be at the Red Balloon on Saturday, September 7, 2019, 2 pm.

Artist of the Year/Readings in San Francisco

Very honored to be selected as a 2017 City Pages Artist of the Year:

And Thousand Star Hotel was selected as one of the best poetry books of 2017:

I’m excited to do a couple of readings in the Bay Area in January of 2018, with the immensely talented Thi Bui. She illustrated A Different Pond, and her graphic novel memoir, The Best We Could Do, is deservedly winning many accolades.

Event information here:

Readings in Saint Paul and Duluth

Hello all! Some readings I’ll be doing in Saint Paul and Duluth in the coming weeks:

A Different Pond
Saturday, October 28
11 am
Barnes and Noble Bde Maka Ska Location
3216 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416

Thousand Star Hotel
Monday, October 30
7 pm
East Side Freedom Library
1105 Greenbrier Street
St. Paul, MN 55106

Thousand Star Hotel
Saturday, November 4
7:30 pm
Prøve Gallery
21 North Lake Avenue
Duluth, MN

Button Poetry Feature: Bao Phi
Monday, November 6
Doors at 7 pm
Requires tickets
Camp Bar
490 N Robert St
St Paul, MN 55101

Thousand Star Hotel and A Different Pond in New York, Philly, DC, Saint Paul, Red Wing, Portland, Seattle…

Thousand Star Hotel

New York City

Patrick Rosal, Sokunthary Svay, and Bao Phi

Friday, September 8, 2017

Asian American Writers Workshop

110-112 W. 27th Street, Sixth Floor, NY, NY 10001

7 pm




Thousand Star Hotel

Bao Phi, with snippets of “The Vietnam War” by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, and discussion led by vietLEAD


Asian Arts Initiative/WHYY

Saturday, September 9, 2017

1219 Vine St., Philadelphia, PA 19107

7 pm



Thousand Star Hotel

Washington, DC

Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Potter’s House

1658 Columbia Rd NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20009

3 pm




A Different Pond Book Signing/Presentation

Children’s Book Festival, Red Wing

Saturday, September 16

Anderson Center



A Different Pond Book Signing

Sunday, Sept. 24

1:00 pm

Book signing at SubText Books

6 West 5th Street, St. Paul



Thousand Star Hotel


Saturday, October 7, 2 pm

Midland Library, 805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233






Thousand Star Hotel


Monday, October 9, 7 pm

Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

17171 Bothell Way NE, #A101

Lake Forest Park WA 98155




Thousand Star Hotel

Saint Paul, MN

Monday, October 30

East Side Freedom Library

1105 Greenbrier St

St Paul, MN 55106


Thousand Star Hotel on Tour!

Thank you, the Loft, and Coffee House Press, and lovely friends and community for a truly spectacular launch of Thousand Star Hotel last night. It is a memory I will cherish for the rest of my life.

I’ll be in Los Angeles and Boston in the next couple of weeks! Here are details:

22 July Saturday 6:00 PM
Bao Phi will read from his second book of poetry, Thousand Star Hotel and Scott Kurashige will read from his book The Fifty-Year Rebellion: How the Political Crisis Began in Detroit. A discussion and Q & A with the authors will follow. In the Poets Garden. FREE.

23 July Sunday, 7:30 PM Doors, Show at 8 pm
Bao Phi: Thousand Star Hotel Book Release LA
Hosted by BEAU SIA
Bao Phi will be reading from his newly released book of poetry, Thousand Star Hotel, as part of his national book tour. Books for sale and author signing after. FREE and Open to the Public
The Great Company
1917 Bay St, Fl 2nd, Los Angeles, California 90021
The entrance of The Great Company (where the reading will be held), is actually in an alley off of Wilson St. btwn Violet & Bay.

28 July Friday 8 pm
Reading as a part of the Southeast Asian Conference at U Mass Lowell

31 July Monday 6 pm
Boston Book Release: Thousand Star Hotel, Bao Phi
Suggested donation of $15 at the door. Register here:
Books will be available for sale on-site for $11.50, please select reserve my spot and book when you register. Payment in cash, check and credit card will be accepted on site. Book signing and light refreshments will follow. Proceeds raised from this event will support art programs for the children, youth, and adults.
Pao Arts Center, 99 Albany Street, Boston, MA 02111

Thousand Star Hotel, A Different Pond

I am thrilled that my second book of poems, Thousand Star Hotel (Coffee House Press) and my first children’s book, A Different Pond (illustrated by Thi Bui; Capstone Young Readers) will be released this summer! For folks in Minnesota, the official release reading of Thousand Star Hotel will take place at the Loft on Wednesday, July 12, 7 pm, 2017. The official release of A Different Pond will take place at the Red Balloon on Tuesday, August 8, 6:30 pm, 2017.

I’ve also launched my first ever Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to tour Thousand Star Hotel! Please take a look, you can read more about the campaign as well as the book here:

Thanks and Pankake

Thanks to UCLA, UC Berkeley (via Skype), Hiawatha Collegiate High School, Sacred Spaces at St. Thomas, Anoka Middle School, and Prof. Ananya Chatterjee’s class at the University of Minnesota for inviting me and letting me share my work and perspectives over the last couple of months. Special thank you to all the folks at each location that worked hard to make my appearance there possible. I’ll be reading as a part of the Friends of the Minnesota Public Library’s Pankake Poetry Series at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday, April 18, 2017, named in honor of librarian Marcia Pankake, whose love of poetry was demonstrated in the countless readings and poetry events she hosted at the University of Minnesota Libraries since retiring in 2007.

New Sh!t Show, Minneapolis

Hello friends and community, I’m excited to be a part of the New Sh!t Show reading this Friday, a series run by the fabulous Lewis Mundt. After a limited slot open mic, there will be short readings by myself, along with fantastic writers Su Hwang, Roy Guzman, Justin Boening, Timothy Taranto, and last but not least, and also the guest curator and producer for this show, the great Kathryn Savage.

Friday, October 21, 2017

Fox Egg Gallery
3730 Chicago Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55407

This month’s event is made possible by the Minnesota State Arts Board.*

Doors and sign-up at 7:30
Show at 8:00
$5-$10 sliding fee scale

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