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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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 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: