Bryan Thao Worra is creating Lao American Poetry, Horror and Science Fiction
9

patrons

$174
per month
An award-winning writer, my work is published internationally in over 100 publications and was displayed at the Smithsonian, the London Olympics, the Poetry Foundation, and others. In over 26 years as a writer, I never shied away expressing my roots as a Lao American, even as I know our journey rebuilding our traditions after the wars of the 20th century is a complex one.

My personal passion is creating great poetry and stories for the next generation of Lao American readers, particularly science fiction, fantasy and horror, which is still largely uncharted territory for us. It takes time and funds to commission other great artists and illustrators to really bring these ideas to life.

I need your help for basically the price of a good cup of coffee or a nice dinner once a month to make this possible.



Your support will afford me the time to create more works each month that explore the outermost limits of our possibilities and to create more awareness of the journey and imagination of the Lao people. I hope you'll see I'm not asking for much to help start the great conversations.

I'm excited by the tremendous support and feedback I've received from many of you. 

A refugee community that doesn’t have the ability to see a future for itself becomes fixated on its past and ends up aimless. We must create a body of science fiction that empowers ourselves to imagine a future we are present in. 

Lao life is a mélange of displacements and encounter,navigation and negotiations. Most of my generation is a stranger to'our own country. A country that after 600 years still struggles to unite over 160 diverse ethnicities as a nation in a healthy way. Since the end of our civil war in 1975, my past work has been a persistent effort to demonstrate the preservation of Lao values as we transition from a monarchy to a democracy can be compelling.
                                     

I've spent over 20 years creating some of the first works in the Lao community that explores our traditions and history through the lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. This has been important for the Lao refugees because for a long time, we had fewer than 40 books in our own words, on our own terms. But now we're turning it around.

Lao arts embody almost a millennia of intergenerational dialogues on peace, harmony, the pursuit of wisdom, diversity and the rejection of violence. At our best, Lao arts encourage unique voices and approaches to living as a people. With so many ethnic groups living in the borders of Laos, it was vital to embrace these many diverse stories and to see them as strengths. When we do, we can see our world not only in terms of what has been, but what it can be.

That being said, there are also some gaps in our contribution to world arts and letters, particularly in genre literature. It is very difficult to find examples of a Lao Edgar Allan Poe or H.P. Lovecraft, a counterpart to Nathaniel Hawthorne or Gabriel Garcia Marquez. We do not yet have a particularly robust body of literature that responds to the works of Isaac Asimov, Octavia Butler, Anne McCaffrey, Robert E. Heinlein, Larry Hama, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick,  Stephen King or Margaret Atwood. But I believe we would all benefit from Lao writers and artists adding to that conversation. A significant part of my work has been to encourage our writers to take these risks, and write to the limits of their imagination.

I thank you for any support you can provide  to make this happen!


Tiers
Chipping In!
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
You'll get a personal thank you by e-mail each month.

This helps me do essential things like pay bills and buy food, but it also lets me know there are fans who are reading and willing to be patrons of Lao speculative poetry and story creation. Knowing that our culture's work is considered interesting and appreciated gives me the morale I need to keep creating work and I can't thank you enough for it.
Digital Dreamer
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
I will send you a special postcard of Lao speculative art each month, and a monthly e-book of Lao American speculative poetry and art.
On Your Doorstep
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
I will send you a special postcard of Lao speculative art each month, and a monthly e-book of Lao American speculative poetry, writing and art. This will include my work as well as poems and stories by guest artists, essays, and other cool things. You'll also get the signed print edition mailed direct to your house.
Laomagination Deluxe Edition
$40 or more per month 4 of 100 patrons
I'll send you a signed, limited-edition book at the end of the year collecting the best of the poems written this year, along with exclusive surprise content. This book will only be available to Patreon backers. 

For each month you're a backer, you'll also get a monthly postcard of Lao speculative art with a special message and a monthly e-book of Lao American speculative poetry and art, and the print edition.
Goals
$174 of $300 per month
Let's me commission at least one piece of color art, or several pieces of black and white art at a professional rate from an artist to go with the poems.
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An award-winning writer, my work is published internationally in over 100 publications and was displayed at the Smithsonian, the London Olympics, the Poetry Foundation, and others. In over 26 years as a writer, I never shied away expressing my roots as a Lao American, even as I know our journey rebuilding our traditions after the wars of the 20th century is a complex one.

My personal passion is creating great poetry and stories for the next generation of Lao American readers, particularly science fiction, fantasy and horror, which is still largely uncharted territory for us. It takes time and funds to commission other great artists and illustrators to really bring these ideas to life.

I need your help for basically the price of a good cup of coffee or a nice dinner once a month to make this possible.



Your support will afford me the time to create more works each month that explore the outermost limits of our possibilities and to create more awareness of the journey and imagination of the Lao people. I hope you'll see I'm not asking for much to help start the great conversations.

I'm excited by the tremendous support and feedback I've received from many of you. 

A refugee community that doesn’t have the ability to see a future for itself becomes fixated on its past and ends up aimless. We must create a body of science fiction that empowers ourselves to imagine a future we are present in. 

Lao life is a mélange of displacements and encounter,navigation and negotiations. Most of my generation is a stranger to'our own country. A country that after 600 years still struggles to unite over 160 diverse ethnicities as a nation in a healthy way. Since the end of our civil war in 1975, my past work has been a persistent effort to demonstrate the preservation of Lao values as we transition from a monarchy to a democracy can be compelling.
                                     

I've spent over 20 years creating some of the first works in the Lao community that explores our traditions and history through the lens of science fiction, fantasy, and horror. This has been important for the Lao refugees because for a long time, we had fewer than 40 books in our own words, on our own terms. But now we're turning it around.

Lao arts embody almost a millennia of intergenerational dialogues on peace, harmony, the pursuit of wisdom, diversity and the rejection of violence. At our best, Lao arts encourage unique voices and approaches to living as a people. With so many ethnic groups living in the borders of Laos, it was vital to embrace these many diverse stories and to see them as strengths. When we do, we can see our world not only in terms of what has been, but what it can be.

That being said, there are also some gaps in our contribution to world arts and letters, particularly in genre literature. It is very difficult to find examples of a Lao Edgar Allan Poe or H.P. Lovecraft, a counterpart to Nathaniel Hawthorne or Gabriel Garcia Marquez. We do not yet have a particularly robust body of literature that responds to the works of Isaac Asimov, Octavia Butler, Anne McCaffrey, Robert E. Heinlein, Larry Hama, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick,  Stephen King or Margaret Atwood. But I believe we would all benefit from Lao writers and artists adding to that conversation. A significant part of my work has been to encourage our writers to take these risks, and write to the limits of their imagination.

I thank you for any support you can provide  to make this happen!


Recent posts by Bryan Thao Worra

Tiers
Chipping In!
$1 or more per month 3 patrons
You'll get a personal thank you by e-mail each month.

This helps me do essential things like pay bills and buy food, but it also lets me know there are fans who are reading and willing to be patrons of Lao speculative poetry and story creation. Knowing that our culture's work is considered interesting and appreciated gives me the morale I need to keep creating work and I can't thank you enough for it.
Digital Dreamer
$5 or more per month 3 patrons
I will send you a special postcard of Lao speculative art each month, and a monthly e-book of Lao American speculative poetry and art.
On Your Doorstep
$20 or more per month 0 patrons
I will send you a special postcard of Lao speculative art each month, and a monthly e-book of Lao American speculative poetry, writing and art. This will include my work as well as poems and stories by guest artists, essays, and other cool things. You'll also get the signed print edition mailed direct to your house.
Laomagination Deluxe Edition
$40 or more per month 4 of 100 patrons
I'll send you a signed, limited-edition book at the end of the year collecting the best of the poems written this year, along with exclusive surprise content. This book will only be available to Patreon backers. 

For each month you're a backer, you'll also get a monthly postcard of Lao speculative art with a special message and a monthly e-book of Lao American speculative poetry and art, and the print edition.