Bryan Thao Worra

Hemet, CA 92544

Author's Bio

Bryan Thao Worra is a Lao American writer. He is the first Lao American to receive a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a Cultural Olympian representing Laos during the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Bryan Thao Worra works actively to support Laotian, Hmong and Southeast Asian American artists. He is recognized by the Loft Literary Center, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts. Thao Worra served as a consulting contractor with the Minnesota History Center, the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans and the Minnesota Humanities Commission. He is an active professional member of the Horror Writer Association and the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

Publications and Prizes

(Sam's Dot Publishing, 2009)
(Innsmouth Free Press, 2013)
, On the Other Side of the Eye
(Sam's Dot Publishing, 2007)
, Winter Ink
(Minnesota Center tor the Book Arts, 2008)
Bamboo Among the Oaks
(The Borealis Press, 2015)
, How Do I Begin?
(Heyday Books, 2011)
, Language for a New Century
(Norton, 2008)
, Outsiders Within
(South End Press, 2006)
Arbutus, Asian Pacific American Journal, Astropoetica, Big Bridge, Big City Lit, Buddhist Poetry Review, Cascadia Review, Cha: An Asian Literary Journal, Defenestration, Hyphen, Illumen, In Our Own Words, Kartika Review, Lantern Review, Mastodon Dentist, Mid-American Poetry Review, Muse Apprentice Guild, Out of Line, Paj Ntaub Voice, PaperTiger: New World Poetry, Pedestal Magazine, Poems Niederngasse, Poetry Midwest, Quarterly Literary Review Singapore, Real Eight View, Rock Salt Plum, Speakeasy, Stirring: A Literary Collection, Tales of the Unanticipated, The Missing Slate, The Tamafhyr Mountain Poetry Irregular, Whimperbang, Whistling Shade
Prizes Won: 
2014 Book of the Year, Science Fiction Poetry Association; 2014 Readers Choice Award, Strange Horizons; 2012 Cultural Olympian, Southbank Centre, London Summer Olympics; 2011 Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board; 2010 Literacy Award, Lao Professionals of Illinois; 2009 Asian Pacific Leadership Award, Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans; 2009 NEA Fellowship In Literature; 2008 Artists Initiative Grant, MN State Arts Board; 2007 Career Initiative Grant, Loft Literary Center; 2005 MN State Arts Board Cultural Collaboration; 2002 MN Playwrights Center Many Voices Fellow; 1991 James E. Casey Scholar; 1991 Otterbein College Ammons-Thomas Award.

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Asian American
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Vientiane, Laos
Raised in: 
Saline, MI
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Last updated: Oct 21, 2015