Bryan Thao Worra

Hemet, CA 92544

Author's Bio

Bryan Thao Worra is a Lao American writer. He is the first Lao American to receive a Fellowship in Literature from the National Endowment for the Arts. He was a Cultural Olympian representing Laos during the 2012 London Summer Olympics. Bryan Thao Worra works actively to support Laotian, Hmong and Southeast Asian American artists. He is recognized by the Loft Literary Center, the Minnesota State Arts Board and the National Endowment for the Arts. Thao Worra served as a consulting contractor with the Minnesota History Center, the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans and the Minnesota Humanities Commission. He is an active professional member of the Horror Writer Association and the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

Publications and Prizes


On the Other Side of the Eye
(Sam's Dot Publishing,
(Sam's Dot Publishing,
(Innsmouth Free Press,
Winter Ink
(Minnesota Center tor the Book Arts,


Bamboo Among the Oaks
(The Borealis Press,
Outsiders Within
(South End Press,
How Do I Begin?
(Heyday Books,
Language for a New Century


Asian Pacific American Journal
Buddhist Poetry Review
Whistling Shade
Kartika Review
Lantern Review
Big City Lit
Rock Salt Plum
The Tamafhyr Mountain Poetry Irregular
Mastodon Dentist
Poems Niederngasse
Stirring: A Literary Collection
Tales of the Unanticipated
Paj Ntaub Voice
Pedestal Magazine
PaperTiger: New World Poetry
Mid-American Poetry Review
Cascadia Review
Big Bridge
Real Eight View
The Missing Slate
Cha: An Asian Literary Journal
In Our Own Words
Poetry Midwest
Quarterly Literary Review Singapore
Big Bridge
Out of Line
Muse Apprentice Guild
2012 Cultural Olympian, Southbank Centre, London Summer Olympics; 2011 Artist Initiative Grant, Minnesota State Arts Board; 2010 Literacy Award, Lao Professionals of Illinois; 2009 Asian Pacific Leadership Award, Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans; 2009 NEA Fellowship In Literature; 2008 Artists Initiative Grant, MN State Arts Board; 2007 Career Initiative Grant, Loft Literary Center; 2005 MN State Arts Board Cultural Collaboration; 2002 MN Playwrights Center Many Voices Fellow; 1991 James E. Casey Scholar; 1991 Otterbein College Ammons-Thomas Award.

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Asian American
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Born in: 
Vientiane, Laos
Raised in: 
Saline, MI

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Listing last updated: May 21, 2013.

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