Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is REFUGENIUS
Saymoukda is a Lao American writer focused on creating tools and spaces for the amplification of refugee voices through poetry, theater, and experimental cultural production.
Her plays have been presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Theater Mu, Consortium of Asian American Theater Artists, and Theater Unbound. She is a Playwright's Center and Theater Mu fellow in playwriting, a Loft Literary Center fellow in poetry as well as in children's literature, a Twin Cities Media Alliance fellow in public art, and an Aspen Ideas Bush Foundation scholar. Her poetry, essays, plays, and short stories can be found in such places as the Asian American Literary Review, Journal for Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, Saint Paul Almanac, and the forthcoming issues of Massachusetts Review and Rubin Museum's Spiral Magazine.
She's received creative grants from the Jerome Foundation, Bush Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Forecast Public Art, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and the MN State Arts Board, to name a few. She holds a Master in Liberal Studies degree and co-hosted a podcast on Minnesota Public Radio. Her picture book, When Everything Was Everything, is available now.
I believe in creating tools and spaces for amplification of refugee voices and will continue to explore and share these narratives through poetry, theater, and storytelling.