top of page

2023 EVENT/TRAVEL CALENDAR

4.26.23: Amherst College: @ 7 pm: Visiting Writers Series

4.14:23: Poetry Project: SWHNM @8pm (EST): Eventbrite Link

4.4.23: Holloway Series: SWHNM @ 6:30 PST w/ Hoa Nguyen, Barbara Tran, Dao Strom, Vi Khi Nao, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Lily Hoang

3.30.23: Pomona, CA: Thinking Its Presence: Poets Together Reading @ 11 am PDT w/Ali Raz, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Vi Khi Nao, Vivek Narayanan, Chloe Martinez (cancelled)

3.24.23: Rochester, MN

3.22.23: Amherst College: Dennis Sweeney @ 3-4 pm Virtual: Fiction Writing I 

3.11.23: AWP | @12:10 pm PANEL w/ Jasmine Sawers, Aaron Angello, Vi Khi Nao, Daisuke Shen, Elizabeth Gonzalez James

3.10.23: AWP | @12:10 pm PANEL w/ Megan Milks, Vi Khi Nao, SJ Sindu, Adele Barclay, moderated by Amber Dawn

3.10.23: AWP | @ 7- 9 pm @ Punkhouse w/ Ceremonial Abyss + Carlos Lara, Zan de Parry, Ryan Skrabalak, Cedar Sigo, Vi Khi Nao, Jessica Alexander, Jared Daniel Fajen

3.9.23: Seattle, WA:  Spin Cycle Records @ 6-9 pm @ 321 Broadway E, Seattle, WA 98102 

3.8.23: Seattle, WA: UNDERBELLY: 119 1st Ave S. 98104 | Kernpunkt, Heavy Feather, Alternating Current | 7 pm to 10 pm

3.8.23: Seatle, WA: AWP

3.7.24: Portland, OR:  PNCA MFA:  Reading @6:30 pm PST

3.6.23: Portland, OR: PNCA

2.25.23: Atlanta, Georgia: Lostintheletters @ 7 -8:30 pm EST w/ Daisuke Shen, Ali Raz, Jessica Alexander, Vi Khi Nao

2.24.23: Poetry Project: Virtual Workshop Reading @ 8 pm EST

2.23.22-2.25.22: The Louisville Conference on Literature and Culture

2.17.23: Houston, TX: Lawndale Art Center @ 7:30 CST w/ Stephanie Pushaw, Josh English, Vi Khi Nao, Marshall Woodward

2.16.23: Houston, TX

1.27.23: Iowa City, IA

1.18.23: Mayo Clinic: Rochester, MN

1.11.23: Chattanooga, TN

1.2.23 -1.9.23: Kahului (MAUI), HAWAII: LIH

1.2.23: Nashville, TN

2022 EVENT/TRAVEL CALENDAR

12.23.22: Chattanooga, TN: Christmas

12.13.22: Authors Guild / DVAN Webinar @ 6 pm EST w/ Quynh Do, Abbigail Rosewood, Truong Celan, Vi Khi Nao

12.3.22: Iowa City/Chattanooga

10.16.22: 128 LIT |  Virtual Launch @ 9:00 EST 

10.3.22: Iowa City, IA

10.2.22: Atlanta, GA

9.30.22: Chattanooga, TN

9.16.22: ULL Reading at Beausoliel @ 7 pm 

 

8.23 - 12.2.22: Lafayette, LA

8.21.22: Chattanooga, TN

8.16 - 8.20.22: SWHNM: Baltimore Inner Harbor Hotel

https://www.steloarts.org

https://www.campcolton.com/eventportal/spend-the-night

8.15.22: Oregon, Ohio

7.16 -7.23.22: Chautauqua, NY: Chautauqua Writers' Center

7.15.22: Buffalo, NY

7.14.22: Columbus, OH: The Graduate

7.11.22: Atlanta, GA: Daisuke Shen

7.4.22: Chattanooga, TN

6.21.22 - 7.3.22: Portland, OR: PNCA @ Willamette

6.11.22: Iowa City, IA: Porchlight Literary Arts Center/1019 Washington St/ Iowa City, IA 52246 @ 6pm w/ Katie Jean Shinkle, Ali Raz, Vi Khi Nao, Jessica Alexander

6.3 -6.5.22: Sheridan, WY: Wyoming Writers Conference

5.19.22: The Bloc @ 5pm EST

5.19.22: Black Sun Lit Book Launch for FISH CARCASS @ 8 pm EST

5.16.22: Post Road 39 Launch @ 6:30 pm EST

5.7.22: Kansas City, MO: Cancelled

4.21.22: Iowa City, IA

4.20.22: Vicki Myhren Gallery @ 7 pm: DU Collaborative reading w/Jessica Alexander: 2121 E. Ashbury Ave. Denver, CO 80210

4.16.22: Denver, CO: AAAS Conference @ 1 - 2:30 pm Denver 4: Ruins: A Performance and Interactive Literary Workshop with She Who Has No Master(s

4.9.22: New Orleans, LA: The Splice Poetry Series @ 6 pm w/Jessica Alexander, Vi Khi Nao, & A Scribe Called Quess?

3.31.22: Jacksonville, FL: University of North Florida (UNF)

3.23.22 - 3.26.22: AWP: Philadelphia, PA [online] 

3.27.22: Lafayette, LA
3.26.22: New Orleans, LA

3.22.22: Las Vegas, NV

3.21.22: New Orleans, LA 

3.17.22 - 3.27.22: Spring Break

3.17.22: CUNY Poetry Series:  Frederick Aria

3.15.22: Vi Khi Nao & Jordan Okumura @6:30 PST

3.1.22: Lafayette, LA

2.24.22:  Alleia:  25 E Main St, Chattanooga, TN 37408 

2.24.22: Sarah Burgoyne's class @ 10 am EST: Literature and Creative Practice

2.18.21: San Francisco, CA: Small Press Traffic @7:3O pm @ Artists’ Television Access, 992 Valencia St, SF  w/ Madison McCartha, Ava Hofmann, Never Angeline North, Vi Khi Nao: event

2.10.21: Significant Others: @7pm Central Time w/ B.R. Yeager, Jesse K Baer, Vi Khi Nao. Host: Meghan Lamb

1.19.22: Perfectly Queer Readings @ 7pm PT

1.23.22 - 4.29.22: Boulder, CO: CU

1.17.22: Lafayette, Louisiana 

1.3.22: Des Moines, IA

2023 CONFERENCES & PANELS

3.8.23: Seatle, WA: AWP

NEW QUEER WEIRD (Amber Dawn, Megan Milks, Vi Khi Nao , Tania De Rozario , Larissa Lai) In-person event Five queer authors consider the emergence of a highly nimble and defiant genre. New Queer Weird—a retrospectively-applied label—muddies boundaries, mixing multiple speculative #AWP23 Accepted Events 34 genres and non-normative realism. Often, it presents the more abject, unsettling and nonlinear elements of speculative fiction, including body horror, dystopia, surrealism, dark fantasy and multiverses. Panelists will discuss the defining features of this genre and its value to queer identities and cultural production. Historically, sci-fi, fantasy and horror have been considered distinct genres, each working within their own frameworks and traditions. Like New Weird fiction, New Queer Weird can also be defined by genre mixing, experimentation and reimagining the narrative arc, however, is distinct in its centring of queerness. After fifty-plus years of the coming out story and the persuasive memoir being the prevailing queer narratives, why are trans and queer authors increasingly exploring New Queer Weird?

3.8.23: Seattle, WA: AWP

2021/2022 CONFERENCES & PANELS

 

4.16.22: Ruins: A Performance and Interactive Literary Workshop with She Who Has No Master(s: AAAS Conference with Lily Hoang, Dao Strom, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Vi Khi Nao, Phuong Vuong @ 1pm - 2:30 pm MT with scholars of Southeast Asian American literature Michele Janette (Professor of English, Kansas State Univ), Aline Lo (Assistant Professor of English, Colorado College), and Mai-Linh Hong (Assistant Professor of Literature, Univ of California, Merced.

 

She Who Has No Master(s) (SWHNM(s)), as a project of multi-voiced collectivity, hybrid poetics, encounters, in-between spaces and (dis)places of the Vietnamese diaspora, will direct attention toward considering the ruin and renewal of the color yellow. We propose a workshop that brings together ritual, performance, and history in order to collectively engage in a community of renewal. This workshop model is designed to excavate the collective ruins through yellow renewal and provision of care. It invites and fosters communal engagements through the tutelage of yellow motifs existing in the fabric of  food (candied ginger, jackfruits, bananas, possibly even durian), in the textile of yellow ghosts (incense burning, altaring), in the ambered garment of self-care, in the generative poetry makings, and in the collective photographic and performative musical chair self-portraitures. It intends to hospitably advance the harmonious relationship between panelists and audience. And, it’s a space and workshop devised to nurture one’s relationship of self-care through communal-based nourishment. 

 

Prior to the Conference, SWHNM(s) will engage in collaborative writing and acts of self-care as prompted by reflections on legacies of what which has been ruinous to the Southeast Asian woman and trans and non-binary individuals. Collaboration is a concerted act of renewal for both the individual, and the collective of individuals. During the conference workshop, SWHNM(s) will first share this collaborative work via brief “performance,” before proceeding to host three different “stations”: the Altar, a radical re-envisioning of the ancestral altar in which we offer and receive nourishment; the Red Envelope Station, where panelists and audience members will receive care packages and offer words of renewal to gift to others; and the Photo Booth, where individuals will engage in collective and collaborative group self-portraiture and reclaim the color “yellow.”

 

4.9.21:  Ecological Sounds of the Vietnamese Diaspora: AAAS Conference with Diana Khoi Nguyen, Dao Strom, Vi Khi Nao, Nha Thuyen, Hoa Nguyen, Barbara Tuong, Mai C. Doan  @ 10am - 11:30am PST 

 

As continued and emerging studies reveal, sound plays an instrumental role in the health of our local and global ecologies. In thinking about this year's conference theme, "Unsettling Transpacific Ecologies," it is crucial to examine the transpacific and diaspora boundaries between sound and soundlessness, where being alive, noticed (or watched), acknowledged (or ignored) intersects with one's ability to sound, or be quiet. How are these borders further complicated by markers of race, gender, and class? How loud can we be, and where, and when--and how does our sounding affect how others sound in response, in return (and vice versa)?

 

Of course, there are myriad ways of sounding: through music, song, poetry, storytelling, noise, dialogue, speech, all of which have visualized components for sounding as well (sheet music, pages, scripts), including the movement of bodies which channel these sounds. Each of these presenters work with the complicated tensions, shifting borderlands, and invisible inequities latent within social bodies (individual, communal, geographical, and historical). This panel is an event for them to generate and share with each other the ecological sounds of our current moment within the diaspora.

2021 EVENT/TRAVEL CALENDAR

12.10.21: Iowa City, IA

12.9.21: Grand Island, NE

 

11.23.21: Belladonna: Sueyeun Juliette Lee, Vi Khi Nao, and Ella Longpre @7:30pm EST

11.23.21: Graduate Fiction Workshop: Sadie Hoagland:  UL's 580: @ 4pm EST

11.22.21: Chattanooga, TN

11.21.21: Nashville, TN

11.17.21: SWHNM X Smithsonian & Djerassi @ 6 MT: Cancelled

10.31.21: Funeral: Vi Khi Nao + Daisuke Shen | A Reading + Film Screening @7pm - 10: Unnameable Books: 615 Vanderbilt Ave (new location)/ Digital screening

10.27.21: Brooklyn Rail Radical Poetry Reading @ 11 am (MT) with Dao Strom, Diana Khoi Nguyen, Hoa Nguyen, Vi Khi Nao, Souvankham Thammavongsa

10.20.21: Lecture: The Magic of Productivity

 

10.6.21: Providence, RI: Nonfiction Now Seminar

10.5.21: Philadelphia, PA: UPENN reading with Marc Anthony Richardson @ 6 pm ET

9.29.21: Warm Milk/Death Rattle @ 6:30 MT with Ginger Yifan Chen, Alani Rosa Hicks-Bartlett, Rebecca Martin, Charles Gabel, Kallan Walters, Vi Khi Nao, Sarah Mangold, Jon Riccio, Aubrey King

9.3.21: Denver, CO

8.30.21: Boulder, CO

8.29.21: Lamar, CO

8.28.21: Dallas, TX

8.23.21 - 12.9.21: Boulder, CO: CU

8.18-21- 8.22.21: San Francisco/Djerassi

8.15.21: Lafayette, LA

7.26.21: Chattanooga, TN

7.24.27: Alexandria, LA

7.22.21: Lafayette, LA

7.21.21: Little Rock, AR

6.14.21 - 7.21.21: Iowa City, IA

7.2.21: Portland, OR: 7pm PST: Alberta Abbey & Zoom with Juleen Eun Sun Johnson, Vi Khi Nao, & Cedar Sigo

 

6.25.21 - 7.3.21: PNCA: Summer/Fall

6.26.21: Talk / Class: 10 AM PST

6.26.21: Writer's Journey: Panel: 2-3 pm 

6.24.21: Reading

6.14.21: Las Vegas, NV

6.14.21: Houston, TX

6.7.21: Shreveport, LA

6.5.21: Lafayette, LA

6.4.21: Houston, TX 

5.22.21: Workshop at Wendy's Subway @ 1-3 pm EST

5.21.21: Las Vegas, NV 

4.29.21: Lily Hoang's MFA Cross-Genre Workshop @ 2 - 4:50 pm PST 

 

4.20.21: Sinister Wisdom 120:  @ 7 pm EST

4.12.21 - 4.22.21: Las Vegas, NV

 

3.22.21: University of the Art: @ 2pm EST/Reading & Talk: Rahul Mehta's class

3.4.21: SMOL Fair Reading @ 8PM EST: Erika T. Wurth, Loie Rawding, Miryam Sivan, Zubaida Bello, Sarah Burgoyne, Mike Maggio, Grant Maierhofer, Anna Meister, David Leo Rice, Vi Khi Nao, Esteban Rodriguez, & Joel Wachman.

 

2.25.21: @5 or 6 or 7 EST: Marc Anthony Richardson, Joyelle McSweeney, Angela Buck, Vi Khi Nao, Adam Stein

 

2.24.21: SF:  THE POETRY CENTER/DVAN @ 2 pm PST: Vi Khi Nao and Dao Strom with emcee, Isabelle Thuy Pelaud: poetry.sfsu.educo-sponsored with DVAN, the Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network supported inpart by the National Endowment for the Arts: 

2.6.21: @ 7:30 EST/ CRUSH with Ana Armengod, Luke Mannarino, Vi Khi Nao, Julie Patton, Polina West

2.5.21: Iowa City, IA

2020 EVENT CALENDAR

 

10.24.20: Las Vegas Is the New Heartland

10.19.20: ZOOM: @ 6:30 PST Reading/Talk with Jamil Kochai

 

10.16.20: SWHNMs/Accented @ 7:30 - 9 pm PDT

9.11.20: ZOOM: @ 3pm EST: Montana Book Festival: Where Is the Voice Coming From? An interview with Catherine Lacey

 

9.6.20: ZOOM: Dime Grinds 

9.1.20: ZOOM: New Social Environmental Poetry Reading: 2 pm EST

8.31.20: ZOOM: Summer's Last Gasp: @ 7pm ETS

8.15.20: ZOOM: @ 12 pm PST: The Collectibles: Lesbian Poet Trading Cards Live Reading & Open Mic

7.25.20 -8.3.20: Portland, OR: PNCA

7.26.20: ZOOM: PNCA: Lecture/Talk @ 10 am 

7.24.20: ZOOM: PNCA: Reading @ 6:30pm with Alejandro de Acosta and Sara Jaffe.

 

5.30.2020: Fayetteville, AR: Fayetteville Arkansas Public Library (cancelled)

5.26.2020: Lumina: ZOOM: 6:30PM EST

5.1.2020: INSTAGRAM: Bomb EOD: 2PST/ 5ET

4.22.2020: Night Poems @ 5 pm PST (30 minutes) : http://bit.ly/nightpoems5 

4.18.2020: ZOOM: Segue Reading/ Artists Space @ 5 pm  EST with Frederic Tuten and Vi Khi Nao

4.11.20: New York, NY: Gern en Regalia (cancelled)

4.9.20: Troy, NY: The REV (cancelled)

2.29.20: Las Vegas, NV: Neon Lit Fund Raising/Reading Event: Mir Arif, Vi Khi Nao, Chelsi Sayti, Cody Gambino, Elena Brokaw, Heather Lang-Cassera: @ 7 pm: Fergusons Downtown: Above Mothership: 1028 Fremont Street

 

2.17.2020: Claremont, CA: Pitzer College: 2:45 - 5:30 pm

1.10.20 - 1.15.20: Ha Noi, Vietnam: AJAR -- Cancelled

CONFERENCES & PANELS 2019

3.27.19-3.30.19: Portland, OR: AWP: VIETNAM IS A 7 LETTER WORD: Moderator: Dao Strom. Panelists: Aimee Phan, Hoa Nguyen, Vi Khi Nao, Thi Bui. DESCRIPTION: Answering back to over-written narratives, these women of the Vietnamese diaspora offer insight into how writers may elasticize and complicate definitions of one’s various assigned “identities” and lend voice to the silenced, obscured, or overlooked. Addressing issues of craft and creative process in the elucidation of trauma, repercussions of war and colonialism, erasure and objectification, this panel’s topics will include narrative approach, collaboration, hybridity, and renewing the lyric. STATEMENT OF MERIT: The topic of Vietnam and its contextual war was brought back into US consciousness with the Fall 2017 debut of Burns & Novick's 18-hour documentary titled “The Vietnam War”. Like so many media representations, Vietnamese voices are lost, regulated as background and minimized. The writers of this diaspora offer critical ways to claim underrepresented and erased histories and promote visibility and agency in response to war, colonialism, exodus, dislocation, traumas, and divided identities.

2019 TRAVEL/EVENT CALENDAR

12.28.19: Las Vegas, NV

12.21.19: Iowa City, IA

 

12.17.19: Des Moines, IA: Christmas

 

12.9.19: Las Vegas, NV: Reading at Community Lutheran Church @ 6:30 pm

12.2.19: Las Vegas, NV: Reception with Lindsay Nixon @ 6pm: BMI Library

11.22.19: Las Vegas, NV: UNLV: Diversity Data Blitz: 10:15 am: Student Union

11.14.19: Portland, OR: Reed College Visiting Writers Series: She Who Has No Master(s) @ 6:30pm,  Eliot Chapel: 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd

11.12.19: Las Vegas, NV: UNLV: Art Department: Student Workshops with Art Department, Marcus Civin and David Rowe @ 6 - 8:45 pm: Room: BEH: 242

11.8 -11.10.19: Los Angeles, LA.

11.6.19: Las Vegas, NV: Workshop (career talk) with UNLV's Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Organization @ 1-2pm 

11.5.19. Las Vegas, NV: Life is an Op-Ed: On Making Opinions in an Age of Bewilderment @ 7pm, UNLV's Beverly Rogers Literature and Law Building (RLL): Room 101 4505 S. Maryland Pkwy

 

10.28.19: Las Vegas, NV: Dao, Stacey, Vi: BMI: She Who Has No Master(s): Food, Memory, Mythology: 7pm East Las Vegas Library, 2851 E. Bonanza Rd

 

10.22.19: Las Vegas, NV: The Believer Presents and interactive comic w/ Matt Huynh @ 7pm: Art Square Theater 1025 South 1st Street

 

10.19.19: Las Vegas, NV: LV Book Festival

10.19.19: Las Vegas, NV: Days of Awe: An Afternoon with A.M. Homes @ 11 am, Historic Fifth Street School 401 South 4th Street

10.15.19: Norman, OK: Readings and Book Signings by the 2020 Neustadt Prize Jury and Visiting Writers: 4 - 5:30pm @ Scholars Room - Oklahoma Memorial Union - Rm 315: André Naffis-Sahely, Anna Badkhen, Dunya Mikhail, Felipe Restrepo Pombo, J. L. Powers, Joseph Legaspi, Kapka Kassabova, Katherena Vermette, Lilliam Rivera, Philip Metres, Vi Khi Nao

 

10.14 - 10.18.2019: Norman, OK: Neustadt Prize

10.3.19: Las Vegas, NV: Believer Presents: Susan Steinberg in conversation with Steve Woodward @7pm: Writer's Block

10.1.19: Las Vegas, NV: PBS @3:30 pm

 

9.30.19: Las Vegas, NV: UNLV Class Visit: Intro to Creative Writing: 4:00pm- 5:15pm. BMI Conference Room

9.27.19 - 10.7.2019: X

9.23.19: Las Vegas: Writer's Block: Believer Presents: Sarah M. Broom in conversation with Claytee D. White @ 7pm 

9.13.19 - 9.15.19: Reno Lit Crawl: Title: A Woman's Work is Never Done with Kimberly Roberts Washoe Public House, 275 Hill St, 4:30-5:15 pm on September 14

9.3.19: Las Vegas, NV: Beyond Words: An Evening with Black Mountain Institute fellows: Ahmed Naji, Amy Kurzweil, and Vi Khi Nao @ 7pm

8.23.19 - 12.14.19: Las Vegas, NV: Shearing Fellow.

7.30.19: Portland, OR: PNCA Low-Res MFA in CW Talks: Vi Khi Nao and Daniela Naomi Molnar

 

7.28.19- 8.3.2019: Portland, OR: Pacific Northwest College of Art

7.28.19: Portland, OR: MFA in Creative Writing Launch Party : Readings by Vi Khi Nao and Brandon Shimoda. 7pm -12am

7.8.19 - 7.12.2019: Chautauqua, NY: Writer-in-Residence

7.7.19: Chautauqua, NY: Free Sundays Reading Series @ 3:30 pm

 

7.7.19: Chautauqua, NY: The Chautauqua Janus Prize

4.9.2019- 7.1.2019: IOWA

3.16.19-5.26.2019: Malmö, Sweden: Sheep Machine on Speed 2

2.28.19: New York, NY: Art + Life Series @ 8pm: 2960 Broadway: 10027 (Dodge Hall 501)

2.23.19: Philadelphia, PA: UDP reading: Diana Hamilton, Ed Steck, Natalie Lyalin, Saretta Morgan, Josef Kaplan, Jena Osman, Rob Fitterman, Kevin Platt, Vi Khi Nao, Lawrence Giffin, Kevin Varrone, Holly Melgard, Monica de la Torre: Hiding Place:  1901 S 9th St #306, Philadelphia, PA 19148

1.22.19 - 3.20.2019: New York, NY: Columbia : Vi

1.21.2019: Phoenix, AZ: Jeanne

1.19.19-1.20.2019: Tucson, Arizona: Casa Libre

1.13.19:  San Jose, CA: San Jose Art Musuem @ 2 pm

1.12.19 --1.18.2019: San Francisco, CA: Djerassi Artist Residency