HONORS
Grants
  • Next Step, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (2018)

  • Travel and Study Grant, Jerome Foundation (2018)

  • Emerging Artist, Forecast Public Art (2018)

  • Asian Pacific Endowment, Saint Paul Foundation (2018 for Funny Asian Women Kollective)

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

  • Building More Philanthropy With Purpose Grant (2017 for Funny Asian Women Kollective)

  • Open Meadows Foundation (2017 for Funny Asian Women Kollective)

  • 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 for Funny Asian Women Kollective)

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

  • Knight Arts Challenge, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (2016 for Funny Asian Women Kollective)

  • Bush Foundation (2016 for Community Artists Leadership Initiative)

  • Building More Philanthropy With Purpose Grant (2016 for Community Artists Leadership Initiative)

  • Many Voices Fellowship for Playwrights of Color, Playwrights Center (Finalist 2016)

  • Asian Pacific Endowment, Saint Paul Foundation (2015 for Community Artists Leadership Initiative)

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

  • Community Innovation, Headwaters Foundation for Justice (2015 for Community Artists Leadership Initiative)

  • 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)

  • Next Step, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (2014, Finalist 2013)

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

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

 

Fellowships
  • Our Space is Spoken For, Twin Cities Media Alliance (2018)

  • Many Voices Fellowship, The Playwrights' Center (2017-18)

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

  • Folk and Traditional Arts, Lao Assistance Center (2015, 2013)

  • New Performance, Mu Performing Arts/Jerome Foundation (2012, 2011)

 

Awards and Recognition

  • Aspen Ideas Bush Foundation Scholar (2017)

  • CONvergence Fan Favorite Guest of Honor (2017)

  • Coffee Sleeve Conversations, Coffee House Press (2016)

  • IMPRESSIONS, Saint Paul Almanac (2016)

  • Best Production of 2013, L’Etoile Magazine (Kung Fu Zombies vs Cannibals, 2013)

  • National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development Scholarship, DC (2013)

  • Southeast Asia Resource Action Center Public Policy Scholarship, DC (2012)

  • Joyce Foundation Scholarship, Alliance of Artist Communities Conference, Chicago (2011)

  • Alfred C. Carey Prize in Spoken Word Poetry, New York (2010)

  • Robert McKee Story Seminar Scholarship, Loft Literary Center (2010)

  • Respected Mentor Award, Lao Students Association, U of MN (2015)

  • Lao Minnesotan Artists Certificate of Recognition, Office of Governor Dayton (2012)

  • Change Maker, Intermedia Arts (2011)

 

Other [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)

 

 

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

  • 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

  • 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)

 

 

 

 

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