OCA READS Book Talk: Bao Phi - Thousand Star Hotel

  • Sat, October 27, 2018
  • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Brazos Bookstore, 2421 Bissonnet St, Houston, Texas 77005

Bao Phi will be reading from his works, with discussion moderated by Texas Review Poetry Editor Ching-In Chen.

#ThousandStarHotel, was published by Coffee House Press on July 5, 2017, of which the Chicago Review of Books wrote “this is a different kind of poetry, a volume written by an experienced orator who understands how to tell a story. These poems don’t happen, they elapse. They add on to a story that isn’t yet over.”

Thousand Star Hotel confronts the silence around racism, police brutality, and the invisibility of the Asian American urban poor.

Bao Phi is a multiple Minnesota Grand Slam poetry champ and National Poetry Slam finalist who has been on HBO’s Russell Simmons Presents Def Poetry and whose work was included in the Best American Poetry anthology of 2006. He is the author of Sông I Sing and is currently the Program Director of the The Loft Literary Center.

Recently Bao was named by Minneapolis Monthly as Best Author 2016, and an Artist of the Year and Author of the Year by City Pages, 2017 and 2018.

His first children’s book, #ADifferentPond, illustrated by Thi Bui, was published by Capstone Press in August of 2017. A Different Pond earned six starred reviews, a Caldecott Honor, as well as the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer and more.

Ching-In Chen is the author of The Heart’s Traffic (Arktoi/Red Hen Press, 2009) and recombinant (Kelsey Street Press, 2017). Born of Chinese immigrants, they are a Kundiman, Lambda, Callaloo and Watering Hole Fellow and a member of the Macondo and Voices of Our Nations Arts Foundations writing communities.They currently teach creative writing at Sam Houston State University, where they are a poetry editor for the Texas Review.

October 27, 2018, 3 PM – 4 PM

Brazos Bookstore
2421 Bissonnet St, Houston, Texas 77005

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Bao Phi is a Vietnamese American spoken word artist. A two-time Minnesota Grand Slam champion and National Poetry Slam finalist, he was born in Saigon, Vietnam and grew up in Minneapolis. The author of the Refugeography poetry CD, Bao Phi has performed at numerous venues including New York City poet’s cafes and the University of California, Berkeley.

A Different Pond, his award-winning picture book, follows a Vietnamese American boy fishing at a lake as his father reminiscences about a pond in their homeland, Vietnam. Bao Phi’s skillfully crafted words reveal and reflect on themes of immigration, racism, and the power of nature.

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