Friday, July 28, at 8pm at Pailin City (6 Branch Street, Lowell, MA)
Bao Phi will be reading from his second collection of poems, Thousand Star Hotel, which will be published on July 5, 2017, by Coffee House Press.
Bao Phi is a two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and a National Poetry Slam finalist, who has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons Def Poetry and was featured in the live performances and taping of the blockbuster diasporic Vietnamese variety show Paris By Night 114: Tôi Là Người Việt Nam. His poems and essays are widely published in numerous publications including Screaming Monkeys and Spoken Word Revolution Redux, and Best American Poetry (2006). He has performed in venues and schools across the country, from the Nuyorican Poets Café to the University of California, Berkeley.
His first collection of poetry, Sông I Sing (2011), is taught in classrooms across the United States and enjoyed rave reviews. including the New York Times, which stated “In this song of his very American self, every poem Mr. Phi writes rhymes with the truth.” In 2012, the Star Tribune’s inaugural Best of Minnesota issue named Bao Phi as Best Spoken Word Artist.
Currently he continues to perform across the country, remains active as an Asian American community organizer, and is the Program Director of the Loft, where he manages various programs serving writers as well as creates and operates programs for artists and audiences of color. His first children’s book, A Different Pond, illustrated by Thi Bui, will be published by Capstone Press in August of 2017.