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Southeast Asian American Poetry Reading with Monica Sok and Krysada Phounsiri
March 27 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm PDT
Monica Sok and Krysada Phounsiri will be joined by youth poets from Oakland’s Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants and UC Berkeley’s Southeast Asian Student Coalition (SASC) anthology group.
About the poets:
Monica Sok’s debut poetry collection A Nail in the Evening Hangs On uses poetry to reshape a family’s memory about the Khmer Rouge regime — memory that is both real and imagined — according to a child of refugees. Driven by myth-making and fables, the book seeks to reclaim the Cambodian narrative with tenderness and an imagination that moves towards wholeness and possibility.
Krysada Phounsiri is a Lao American professional dancer, award winning poet, engineer, and photographer from San Diego, CA. He is a Physics & Astrophysics double major, with a minor in Creative Writing from UC Berkeley. He published his debut poetry book, “Dance Among Elephants”, and 2nd poetry book, “Every Passing Minute”, under Sahtu Press. Krysada is currently a Senior Optical Engineer working in the BioTech industry. His dance resume includes various competition wins around the globe, performing in Jabbawockeez MUS.I.C show in Las Vegas, dancing on movie sets, and other creative projects. Many of his creative endeavors are connected to exploring Lao / Southeast Asian American identity and how it can be integrated in various spaces.
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