Minnesota writer Saymoukda Vongsay is organizing Operation Gynocracy: A 1 Night Stand With 12 Women on July 28, 7:00 p.m. at the Black Dog Cafe on 308 Prince Street in Lowertown Saint Paul. Curated with Hmong American writer May Lee-Yang and featuring DJ Kool Akiem on the 1s and 2s, “Nothing is sacred, politically correct, or too sensitive to touch as twelve women will let the kitty out of the bag through poetry, prose, song, and laughter,” according to Vongsay.
Featured talents will include many well-known Twin Cities artists including: Mysnikol Miller, Kelly Fallows, Linda Chanda, Alison Morse, Andrea Jenkins, Lori Young-Williams, Tene Morgan, Rachel Austin Bernstein, Pachee Moua, Heidi Berg, Carrie Stark, and Eva Song Margolis.
The event starts at 7:00 p.m. and is expected to go until 10:00 p.m. It is open to all ages. They are requesting donations $5 or any amount. This is a benefit show for the Lao Writer Development Fund and to promote May Lee-Yang’s Fringe show, “Confessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman.”
A Minnesota-based Lao American writer, essayist, playwright and spoken word poet, Vongsay has performed across the United States and in Italy and Japan. She is currently studying for her master’s degree in public policy.
Vongsay is also co-founder of The Unit Collective, and a member of Imperial DJ Science Crew. She is the author of “No Regrets”, a collection of poetry and haikus published by Baby Rabbit Publishing. Her work has been published by Altra Magazine, the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement and Bakka Literary Journal.
Vongsay is chair of the first Lao American Writers Summit in Minnesota this August in Minneapolis. She has worked actively to support the work of Lao women writers and artists across the country to celebrate heritage, diversity and community development.