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 to see you all there, and thanks to the library for hosting this reading.

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:

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:

In case you missed it, CAAM did a wonderful post for Father’s Day on Asian American dads, and I was honored to be included. You can read it here:

Very soon, I’ll be reading brand new poems in Duluth as part of my Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant. This event is free and open to the public, so if you’re in the area, I’d love to see you! Though of course I know i’m not competition for that big, beautiful lake in the summer.

No Star Where: Bao Phi reads new poems in Duluth

Bao Phi, MInnesota spoken word artist whose work the New York Times review of books remarked “every poem Mr. Phi writes rhymes with the truth,” reads his new poems at the Jefferson People’s House. He will be joined by talented Duluth writers Adeline Wright and Donny Frank Morris.

Saturday, July 11, 7 pm
at the Jefferson People’s House
12 S 15th Ave E, Duluth, Minnesota
Free and open to the public

Bao Phi is a fiscal year 2015 recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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 shirts I found on the discount rack to fit me.

The week after that is AWP. Here’s two performances I will be a part of:

Page Meets Stage Tenth Anniversary Showdown hosted by Taylor Mali
w/ Richard Blanco, Mahogany Browne, Bao Phi, and Nikola Madzirov
Thursday, 4/9/2015
12:00:PM – 01:15:PM
Room 101 J, Level 1

Contemporary Vietnamese American Poetry, 40 Years After the War moderated by Cathy Linh Che with Bao Phi, Paul Tran, Hieu Minh Nguyen, and Tiffanie Hoang
10:30:AM – 11:45:AM
Room L100 F&G, Lower Level

And this summer, I will be on faculty at Kundiman. If you made it, I’ll see you in New York at the end of June.

Also, through the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grant, I’ll be performing brand new poems in at least two special shows in Minneapolis and Greater MN by the end of the year. More details soon.

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 for almost two decades, but I never put together a manuscript to send to presses. Never pursued it, because I believed spoken word artists like me never got published anyway. I figured I should just be happy with doing shows. Allan randomly comes up to me at some literary event, and says to me, “why don’t you send me your manuscript?” I don’t have one, I thought to myself. But because he asked, I put one together, and then suddenly my book was being published by the house that published most of my heroes. While a lot of people helped with that book, it is fair to say that without Allan, there would be no Sông I Sing. And more importantly, maybe none of the books that were instrumental to my development as a poet.

Thank you Allan. For everything.

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.

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 yet, you totally should.

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. Please check it out if you haven’t already: not just for me, but for tons of great articles by a lot of different nerds of color. Check it out here.

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.