The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network and the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center are proud to present the Fourth San Francisco Diaporic Vietnamese Literary Festival on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at the African American Art and Culture Complex (762 Fulton St, SF.) In the approaching weeks, we will highlight our writers and artists with a Q&A and a tantalizing taste of their work. We hope you will enjoy getting to know our fabulous roster of writers and artists, and join us in celebrating their work in April! Have you subscribed to diaCRITICS yet? Subscribe and win prizes! Read more details.
Our next featured artist is Thao P. Nguyen, a performance artist from the Bay Area. Thao (thaosolo.com
) has been writing and performing solo shows since she joined the Solo Performance Workshop in 2007. Her full-length one-women comedy, Fortunate Daughter
, was named one of the top ten Bay Area plays of 2013 by KQED: Year in the Arts! She was featured as a closing act at the San Francisco Theater Festival for four years running (2009-2012). Fortunate Daug
hter’s wildly successful runs in San Francisco, Berkeley, and at the New York International Fringe Festival have resulted in rave reviews and plenty of sold-out shows. The Berkeley Times
says Nguyen’s “performance is virtuosic.” The San Francisco Chronicle
warns readers, “Don’t miss!” The San Jose Mercury News
says Nguyen is “fresh and entertaining with a natural humor that runs easily from gentle to slapstick.”
Q&A 1. How important is community and location to your identity as a writer and your writing process? I believe that my identity only has meaning in the ways that it exists in time, place, and community. Who I am is an answer to, an alignment with, and a challenge to the rules of society, of my family, of my communities of who I should be. As a queer Asian American writer in the Vietnamese diaspora, much of my work is about the imperfect and contradictory contexts in which I live. 2. Which 3 books have you read more than 3 times? Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison The Princess Bride by William Goldman The Lorax by Dr. Seuss 3. Who would you be if you had not become a writer? A puppeteer. I need a way to work through my control issues. 4. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers and poets? Write. Everyday. Write everyday. I think at least 90% of what I write is crap and maybe, if I’m lucky, 10% is “good.” You gotta write through all the bad to get to the nuggets of amazingness. ~
Additional information on Thao and her work: www.thaosolo.com www.facebook.com/thao.meanie A sample of Thao’s performance can be seen at the following link http://www.thaosolo.com/clips.html
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