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Welcome to Sahtu Press, we specialize in works by Lao American writers and artists. We are committed to help grow a community filled with creativity.

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Sahtu Press

The Mission of Sahtu Press is to publish and promote enduring contemporary Lao American literature and to create academic and grassroots learning opportunities. Sahtu Press acquires, publishes, and markets high quality, imaginative work from emerging and established Lao American writers or those working on issues of interest to the Lao American community.

Sahtu Press’s first publications were limited-edition children’s books, including Xieng Mieng and Kiwi the Green Koala. Over the years ahead, Sahtu Press will expand its list to include novels, short stories, as well as poetry. Sahtu Press looks forward to discovering and/or promoting many Lao American writers. Today, Sahtu Press is considered one of the nation’s first Lao American-owned and staffed literary publishers.

Sahtu Press is committed to publish exciting, vital, and enduring Lao American authors of our time; to delight and inspire readers; to contribute to the cultural life of our community; and to enrich our literary heritage. By building on the best traditions of publishing and the book arts, we produce books that celebrate imagination, innovation in the craft of writing, and the many authentic voices of the Lao American experience.

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Latest Release


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Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers

A story of generational and cultural differences between mother and daughter.Endearing illustrations show Mahlee learning how differently Mommy did things as a child in Laos than she does in America. Mahlee loves doing everything with Mommy, but will she eat fried grasshoppers? A great way to inspire a conversation about childhood, culture and family history.

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Dance Among Elephants

The personal and historical are intertwined in Phounsiri’s energizing collection, “Dance Among Elephants.” Using a variety of styles, Phounsiri demonstrates his versatility bringing powerful memories and dreams together in a profound meditation of love and loss. Poems of his include “Street Masquerade,” “Elephant Dancer,” “Afterlife” and “Ode to Kao Niew.”