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Bryan Thao Worra

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Bryan Thao Worra is the first Laotian American writer to hold a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. He is the award-winning author of several books including On The Other Side Of The Eye, BARROW, Winter Ink, Tanon Sai Jai, Touching Detonations, and The Tuk-Tuk Diaries: My Dinner With Cluster Bombs.

He is the creative works editor for the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement and the Arts and Entertainment Editor for Asian American Press. He works actively to support the work of Lao and Southeast Asian American writers across the country.



The classic science fiction film Aliens turns 30 this year. It's one of the interesting examples of speculative literature used to respond to the Vietnam War, albeit abstractly, and so it always holds a special place in my heart, even as follow-up sequels were consistently underwhelming.

For my Laotian American colleagues, of course, I would hope many see that science fiction is still WIDE open... Read more of this blog post »
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Published on August 25, 2016 08:57
Average rating: 3.82 · 491 ratings · 79 reviews · 14 distinct works · Similar authors
On The Other Side Of The Eye

4.43 avg rating — 30 ratings — published 2007
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Demonstra: A Poetry Collection

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BARROW

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Tanon Sai Jai

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Between Souls

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“From the age of 6 I had a mania for drawing the shapes of things. When I was 50 I had published a universe of designs. But all I have done before the the age of 70 is not worth bothering with. At 75 I'll have learned something of the pattern of nature, of animals, of plants, of trees, birds, fish and insects. When I am 80 you will see real progress. At 90 I shall have cut my way deeply into the mystery of life itself. At 100, I shall be a marvelous artist. At 110, everything I create; a dot, a line, will jump to life as never before. To all of you who are going to live as long as I do, I promise to keep my word. I am writing this in my old age. I used to call myself Hokusai, but today I sign my self 'The Old Man Mad About Drawing.”
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message 3: by James

James Priest Hello Bryan and friends,
My fantasy novel, The Spell of No'an, was selected for Kickstarter.
To see the project, follow this link:
www.kickstarter.com > Search projects > kirins fantasy trilogy
To learn about Kickstarter, click this link:
http://www.kickstarter.com/hello?ref=nav
Thanks very much and all the best,
Jim


message 2: by Alien (last edited 20 hours, 22 min ago)

Alien  Citizen Thanks for the comment Bryan! I've only just realized that people are leaving me comments on my profile. How exciting. I see you are a newly published poet...I can't wait to read your book!


message 1: by Aberjhani (last edited 20 hours, 40 min ago)

Aberjhani Please allow me to congratulate you on the publication of ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE EYE. It sounds like an exciting and groundbreaking work. I wish you much success with it and hope to read it in the not-too-distant future.

Poet-I-Am Aberjhani


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