Possessing a "jeweler's eye," Souvankham Thammavongsa is a delicate, but powerful poet and individual. Her first collection, Small Arguments won the ReLit prize for poetry. Her second, Found, was based on a scrapbook belonging to her father. She will be releasing Light, just in time for Thin Air's Poetry Bash! on Wednesday, September 25.
If you are unfamiliar with her work, or haven't (yet) had the pleasure of seeing her read, here are two interviews to break the ice before you get to see her in person this fall.
The first is an interview on the blog, 12 or 20 Questions, in which Souvankham discusses her opinion of being framed in concepts such as gender and race, and offers some insight into her creative process.
Also, here is a recorded interview on the website, Into the Field, where you will get a taste of her poetry with some readings, as well as a brief discussion on The Wu-Tang Clan, and the film that was based on her second collection. This link also provides access to Souvankham's webpage and a trailer for the film.
Stay tuned to the blog for more festival insights and updates!