Lao Poet Spotlight: Xaysouvanh Phengphong

Xaysouvanh Phengphong was born in 1950, and was a transport Pilot for Laos for six years; He was also a US Air Force-certified pilot during the Vietnam War (1970-1973). At fifteen, Xaysouvanh began to write poems in high school. Since then, hundreds of his poems and short stories appeared in public, including France, the US and Bulgaria. His novel Birds of Ten Autumns was published in Laos and in Thailand. His short story compilations, The God’s Liquor and Buffalo Passengers were published soon after. Xaysouvanh put ”Seo Swart,” the 45 Lao classic tales of the 18th Century, into contemporary poetry. Xaysouvanh has been in more than twenty countries and has resided in West Valley City, Utah since 1991.

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