AAP staff report
ST. PAUL (Oct. 1, 2012) — IFP recently announced that Demonstra, a collection of speculative poetry by Laotian-American poet Bryan Thao Worra, will be joining the slate of releases scheduled for next year.
Thao Worra is the first Laotian-American to receive a Fellowship in Literature from the United States government’s National Endowment for the Arts. He received the Asian Pacific Leadership Award from the State Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans for Leadership in the Arts in 2009. His previous books include On The Other Side Of The Eye, BARROW andTouching Detonations. He was a cultural Olympian during the 2012 London Summer Games representing Laos.
Demonstra, containing poems spanning 20 years, looks at the Lao diaspora through a speculative lens. Demonstra will include both classic works and original pieces written specifically for the collection.
“The framing concept is a meditation on the notion of what an incomplete demonstration – hence the title Demonstra – shows us in a world so often unknowable,” said Thao Worra.
His Lovecraftian stories and poems have previously appeared on the IFP website and anthologies, including most recently in Future Lovecraft. He was recently a guest speaker at the H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival in Los Angeles. He is the first Lao American to be accepted as a professional member of the Horror Writer Association and also holds membership in the Science Fiction Poetry Association.
Demonstra is scheduled for release in the spring of 2013. Other IFP titles slated for a 2013 release include Sword and Mythos, Confraternitas and Jazz Age Cthulhu.
IFP 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.
They publish original short fiction inspired by 20th century author H.P. Lovecraft’s writing and other writers of the Weird tradition, especially fiction that explores interesting, novel settings and characters juxtaposed with Lovecraft’s original fiction. Their triannual short fiction is released in February, June and October. Nick Mamatas, Mary Robinette Kowal, Ekaterina Sedia, Paul Jessup and many others have published work with IFP.