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First Tuesdays Presents Sokunthary Svay
April 4 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$5
Sokunthary Svay was born in a refugee camp in Thailand after her parents fled Cambodia once the Khmer Rouge regime collapsed. She is a Pushcart-nominated Khmer writer (poetry and nonfiction) and musician from the Bronx, New York. Her writing has appeared in FLESH (Fixi Novo, 2016), Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place, and Time (Seal Press, 2006), and more recently in Prairie Schooner, Women’s Studies Quarterly, LONTAR, and Mekong Review. She is the recipient of the First Friday Residency at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, and the Willow Arts Alliance/Weeksville Summer Arts Residency Fellowship. Her recent collaborations include two different settings of her poem “Morning Song” by award-winning composers David Schober and Liliya Ugay. She is a Willow Books Emerging Writer currently completing her first manuscript scheduled for publication in Fall 2017. In addition, she is writing the libretto for a monodrama opera for soprano and piano in collaboration with composer Liliya Ugay. Svay is Poetry Editor for Newtown Literary, the only literary journal for the borough of Queens in New York City.
An open mic will precede Svay’s reading. Signup starts at 6:30.
There is a $5 minimum counter purchase.