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[University of Wisconsin-Green Bay News Release]

For Immediate Release:

March 31, 2008

Lao-American poet speaking at UW-Green Bay

GREEN BAY-Lao-American author and poet Bryan Thao Worra will visit the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Thursday, April 10 as part of the American Intercultural Center's Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Festival Celebration.

Thao Worra will conduct an hour-long poetry reading at 8 p.m. in the Phoenix Club of the University Union, 2420 Nicolet Drive. The event is free and open to the public. His first full-length book of poetry, "On the Other Side of the Eye," was released last year by Sam's Dot Publishing.

The book covers topics from the ancient kingdom of Lane Xang, to the CIA's secret wartime activities in Laos during the Vietnam War era, to the cosmos.

"It's like a swimming pool; you can go to the very deep end or have fun splashing around near the edges, with a little something for everyone," Thao Worra said.

Thao Worra's other work has appeared in more than 70 journals, publications and exhibits. He is currently working on another poetry book and a collection of short, Southeast Asian-American horror stories.

Thao Worra was born in Vientiane, Laos in January 1973. The adopted son of an American pilot working in Laos at the time, Thao Worra came to the United States months later as an infant.

His work explores a range of social and cultural themes and the transient nature of identity and home. He describes his style as "experimental" and draws from a variety of modern and contemporary influences.

Visit his Web site at http://thaoworra.blogspot.com.

For more information about his presentation at UW-Green Bay, contact Mai Lo at the American Intercultural Center, (920) 465-2720 or via e-mail at lom@uwgb.edu.

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