Friday, April 21, 2017

[Poet Spotlight] Tony Innouvong

Tony Innouvong is a higher education professional and occasional event planner. By night, he is an emcee (alias is Illaphant), poet, and aspiring fashion designer. His music and poetry have allowed him to perform and collaborate with artists nationally.

He’s currently working on the second installment of his first acclaimed project, “Sticky Rice & Mangos.”

In addition to the music, he’s working on a fashion start-up that fuses Lao culture with modern menswear. The line is a combined celebration and testament to the culture, history, and struggle of Lao people. His "music, poetry, and fashion work serve not only as creative canals for self-expression, but tools for continuing a legacy his family started when they immigrated to the US."

Thursday, April 20, 2017

[Poet Spotlight] Adrian M. Sayaphet

Adrian M. Sayaphet, better known to many as Buddha LuvJonz, is a poet, a DJ, an actor and  a designer. Born and raised in Bridgeport, CT, he is a graduate of Central Magnet HS and a UCONN graduate with a degree in Communications and Marketing.

 As a DJ, versatility has always been his ability to provide a great level of enjoyment for people searching to escape the norm. He was recognized as one of the top 10 DJ's for Jay-Z's 2009 NYC 40/40 club DJ Competition.

Adrian has "used that experience as a motivational push towards the top, Thinking outside of the box, finding ways to diversify and unify people through his creative approach, Adrian has been able to remarkably use his talent to help coordinate many great events, being able to cater to any crowd, a true valuable asset to help elevate the meaning of success for any event."

"Life is a musical scale, as we compose a beautiful note, hoping to discover harmony in humanity one day."

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

[Poet Spotlight] Peuo Tuy

Peuo Tuy is a Cambodian-American spoken word poet, storyteller, motivational speaker, and an artist/educator.

She lives in New York but travels nationwide to share her poetry and stories and help people heal and overcome their personal challenges through writing and self-empowerment. She believes that "words evoke our spirits and that our spirits guide us to personal liberation."

She is the author of the book of poetry, Khmer Girl.

You can visit her online at

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Comicpalooza and the Stately Thunderdome

Comicpalooza in Houston, Texas is fast approaching and we now have a much better picture of who made the cut and will be part of the literature track for that weekend. Be sure to check it out. In the meantime, I'm also getting ready with my fellow members of the SFPA to present our literary deathmatch of speculative poetry. A big thanks to Holly Lyn Walrath, Deborah Davitt and Michelle Muenzler for putting all of this together, especially as this is my very first time reading and presenting in Texas in 26 years of my work as a writer. I'm very excited for it all! We'll see you there!