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.
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
A Word Sprout Production
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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
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.