MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 6, 2013) — Lao American writer Bryan Thao Worra’s new book of poetry, DEMONSTRA will begin shipping in December from Innsmouth Free Press.
This is Thao Worra’s third full-length collection of speculative poetry. His work includes Lao mythology and history, while introducing elements of science fiction, fantasy and horror to explore the Lao Diaspora, particularly in America. It’s important timing for his new book: 2014 will be the 60th anniversary of Lao independence.
Born in Laos in 1973, Thao Worra is the author of the books BARROW, On the Other Side of the Eye, Tanon Sai Jai, The Tuk-Tuk Diaries: My Dinner with Cluster Bombs, Touching Detonations, and Winter Ink. In 2012, he was selected as a Cultural Olympian to represent the nation of Laos during the Poetry Parnassus convened during the London Summer Games.
One of the key influences on this collection has been early 20th century writer H.P. Lovecraft. “Lovecraft was ahead of his time as an American writer, presenting a decentered cosmos and how we look at ‘the Other’,” said Thao Worra. DEMONSTRA includes many reader favorites such as “The Deep Ones,” “Destroy All Monsters!” and the sprawling epic, “The Dream Highway of Ms. Mannivongsa.”
Thao Worra’s poems have been translated into Spanish, French, German, Korean, Thai, Tagalog, Bengali, and Lao, and exhibited at the National American History Museum. He is the first Lao writer to hold professional membership in the international Horror Writer Association. He is the first Lao American writer to receive a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts.
“I’m very excited for this book to be released,” Thao Worra said. “It draws on many different traditions to explore the things we know, and what we don’t.”
DEMONSTRA will sell for $10 and will only be available in hard copy. It will feature original artwork by Lao American visual artist Vongduane Manivong. Her depictions of the daily lives of her people around the world form a body of work essential to understanding contemporary Laotian culture. Her work encompasses a variety of artistic influences, from classical to pop and has been exhibited in galleries across country and national events, including the Symposium of Lao History at the University of California-Berkley, the National Youth Leadership Council’s Urban Institute, and the Cultural Heritage Exhibition at the Laotian Community Center of Rhode Island.
Innsmouth Free Press is a Canadian micro-publisher of dark fiction and horror. They release several high-quality anthologies and novels during the year, available in print and as e-books. The majority of their work published includes original short fiction inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s writing and other writers of the Weird tradition. Their triannual short fiction is released in February, June and October.
Nick Mamatas, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ekaterina Sedia, Paul Jessup and many others have been published by them. You can visit Innsmouth Free Press at www.innsmouthfreepress.com.