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Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay

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Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is a Lao American poet, playwright, teaching artist, and cultural producer and consultant. She was born in a refugee camp in Nongkhai, Thailand and immigrated to Minnesota in 1983. Because of her unique background, her work is focused on creating tools and spaces for the amplification of refugee voices through poetry, theater, and experimental cultural production. She is a teaching artist with COMPAS, Success Beyond the Classroom, East Metro Integration District, and the East Side Arts Council.

Her writings can be found in such publications as Saint Paul Almanac (Arcata Press), Lessons For Our Time (MN Center for Book Arts), Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement (Purdue University Press), and The Asian American Literary Review (Binghamton University). Her work has been possible due to support from the Jerome Foundation, Bush Foundation, Joyce Foundation, Knight Foundation, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the MN State Arts Board. She is a co-founding chair of the Lao American Writers Summit and the arts service organization Community Artists Leadership Initiative.

She is best known for her award-winning play KUNG FU ZOMBIES VS CANNIBALS (Theater Mu) and is developing two more plays for the KUNG FU ZOMBIEVERSE anthology of stage works. Her play KUNG FU ZOMBIES VS SHAMAN WARRIOR will be presented by the Smithsonian as part of their Culture Lab on Imagined Futures exhibition in New York. Keep up with her at and @REFUGENIUS