HONORS

Grants​

  • Visual Art Fund, Midway Contemporary Art (2020)

  • National Playwright in Residence, Andrew Mellon Foundation (2020-2023)

  • PEN America Writer's Fund, PEN America (2020)

  • Messages of Hope Minigrant, Forecast Public Art (2020)

  • Emergency Relief Fund, Springboard for the Arts (2020)

  • Asian Pacific Endowment, Saint Paul Foundation (2019, 2018, 2016)

  • Creative Capital (2019 Finalist)

  • MAP Fund (2020 awardee; 2019 and 2018 Finalist)

  • Next Step, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (2018, 2015, Finalist 2013)

  • Travel and Study Grant, Jerome Foundation (2018)

  • Emerging Artist, Forecast Public Art (2018)

  • Knight Arts Challenge, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (2017, 2016, 2015 Finalist)

  • Building More Philanthropy With Purpose Grant (2017, 2016)

  • Open Meadows Foundation (2017)

  • Cultural Community Partnership, East Side Arts Council/Minnesota State Arts Board (2017-18)

  • Verve Grant for Spoken Word Poets, Intermedia Arts (2017-18)

  • Solidarity MN (2017)

  • Joan Aldous Diversity & Public Engagement Grant, Office of the Dean, University of Minnesota (2016)

  • Bush Foundation (2016)

  • Community Innovation, Headwaters Foundation for Justice (2015)

  • Community Arts, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (2015, 2014 for Twin Cities World Refugee Day)

  • Artist Initiative, Minnesota State Arts Board (2015)

  • Arts Access, Lazy Hmong Woman/Minnesota State Arts Board (2014)

  • New Media Project Grant, Independent Filmmaker Project (Finalist 2014)

  • Minnesota Emerging Writer, Loft Literary Center (Honorable Mention 2011)

COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTIONS

Board of Directors

  • Ananya Dance Theatre (2014-2016)

  • Saint Paul Almanac (2012-2016)

  • Intermedia Arts (2011-2016)

  • Dispute Resolution Center (2011-2014)

 

Advisory

  • Asian Economic Development Association’s Little Mekong Arts District (2013-present)

  • St. Paul Foundation’s Asian Pacific Endowment Fund (2011-2016)

 

Grants & Projects Juror/Panelist

  • Forecast Public Art (2019)

  • Next Step Grant, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (2019)

  • Spoken Word Immersion Fellowship, Loft Literary Center (2017)

  • Artist Neighborhood Partnership, CURA (2017)

  • Knight Arts Challenge, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (2017, 2016)

  • Sidewalk Poetry Contest, Public Art Saint Paul (2015)

  • Night Market Arts Program, Little Mekong C4/Springboard for the Arts (2014)

  • Asian Pacific Endowment Grant, Saint Paul Foundation (2013-2016)

  • MN Humanities Center Reading Together Project (2012)

  • Legacy Artist Fellowship, Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (2012, 2011)

  • MN State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant (2011)

  • MN State Arts Board Artistic Site Visitor (2011-2013)

 

Professional Memberships

  • PEN America (2020-present)

  • Dramatists Guild of America (2018-present)

  • Minnesota Theater Alliance (2016)

  • Horror Writers Association (2015-2017)

  • Science Fiction Poetry Association (2014-2015)

  • Association of Asian American Studies (2014-2017)

  • MN Young Women’s Collaborative (2013-2015)

  • National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (2013-2014)

 

As Mentor

  • Lao Students Association of U of MN (2013-present)

  • Legacy Artist Fellowship Program (2011-2013)

  • Pillsbury House Theatre’s Chicago Avenue Project (2009-present)

  • Asian Pacific Youth Council (2010-2012)

  • MN Spoken Word Association Youth Slam (2002-2004)

  • Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (2003-2005)

Other Honors

[selected]

  • Panelist and Facilitator, Center for Refugee Poetics, Smithsonian APAC, Philadelphia (2018)

  • Speaker, NCAA Inclusion Forum, Indianapolis (2018)

  • Keynote, Greater Than 7 Summit, University of Minnesota Twin Cities (2017)

  • Keynote, 4th Lao American Writers Summit, Seattle (2017)

  • Guest of Honor (for life), CONvergence (2017)

  • Panelist, MN Theater Alliance Conference, St. John's University (2016)

  • Panelist, MN Artists, Walker Art Center (2016)

  • Keynote, National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum Conference, U of MN (2016)

  • Keynote, Power in Diversity Leadership Conference, MN State Colleges and Universities (2015)

  • Keynote, Women Empowering Women, Metropolitan State University (2013)

  • Panelist, Giant Steps, Minneapolis Convention Center (2013)

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