Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in Partnership with Twin Cities Geek will present: “An Evening with the Refugenius: Saymoukda Vongsay”. Join us to hear about Saymoukda’s life and experiences as artist of color and refugee and how she transformed her personal experiences into vivid stories, poetry and images that share a view of the world and her refugee experience. Followed by a panel discussion with Saymoukda and some of the leading voices working with the refugee communities in Minnesota: Ekta Prakash, CAPI; Nasibu Sareva, African Development Center; and Patricia Fenrick, State of Minnesota Resettlement Programs Office. Learn the difference between the myth and facts and what we can do to make Minnesota a ho…me for all. Jonathan Palmer, Hallie Q. Brown Community Center will serve as moderator.
An Evening with the Refugenius: Saymoukda Vongsay
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, 270 N. Kent Street, Saint Paul, MN 55102
Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is a Lao American writer. She was born in a refugee camp in Nongkhai, Thailand and immigrated to Minnesota in 1984. Because of her unique background, her work is focused on creating tools and spaces for the amplification of refugee voices through poetry, theater, and experimental cultural production. Her plays have been presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Theater Mu, Consortium of Asian American Theater Artists, and Theater Unbound. She is a Many Voices fellow in playwriting, Loft Literary Center Spoken Word Immersion fellow, a Theater Mu New Performance fellow, a VERVE Grant for Spoken Word Poets recipient, and an Aspen Ideas Bush Foundation scholar. Her work has been possible due to support from the Jerome Foundation, Bush Foundation, Joyce Foundation, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the MN State Arts Board. She is best known for her award-winning play KUNG FU ZOMBIES VS CANNIBALS (Theater Mu) and is developing two more plays for the KUNG FU ZOMBIEVERSE anthology of stage works. Get to know her at www.SaymoukdaTheRefugenius.com and keep up with her @REFUGENIUS.