Lao Poet Spotlight: Tony Innouvong

Tony Innouvong is a higher education professional and occasional event planner. By night, he is an emcee (alias is Illaphant), poet, and aspiring fashion designer. His music and poetry have allowed him to perform and collaborate with artists nationally. He’s currently working on the second installment of his first acclaimed project, “Sticky Rice & Mangos.” Part two is coming soon! In addition to the music, he’s working on a fashion start-up that fuses Lao culture with modern menswear. The line is a combined celebration and testament to the culture, history, and struggle of Lao people. His music, poetry, and fashion work serve not only as creative canals for self-expression, but tools for continuing a legacy his family started when they immigrated to the US.

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