Lao Poet Spotlight: Souvankham Thammavongsa

Souvankham Thammavongsa was born in the Nong Khai refugee camp in Thailand, in 1978, and was raised and educated in Toronto. Her first book, Small Arguments, won the 2004 ReLit prize, and her second book, Found, was made into a short film by Paramita Nath. The film screened at festivals worldwide including TIFF, L.A. Shorts Fest, and Dok Leipzig. The Globe and Mail says of her third book, Light, winner of the 2014 Trillium Book Award, “This new collection confirms Thammavongsa’s place as one of the most interesting younger poets at work in the country.”


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