CTRL+ALT: A CULTURE LAB OF IMAGINED FUTURES
On November 12 and 13 the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center will present Ctrl+Alt: A Culture Lab on Imagined Futures – taking place in the former site of the Pearl River Mart in SOHO NYC as an arena to explore the future of our nation, neighborhood and selves.
The weekend will feature 40+ artists and scholars doing their thing, from adrienne maree brown to Yumi Sakugawa, including Lao American artist Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay. This is a free event. The event will be held at 477 Broadway, from 11AM to 9PM.
Also presenting is Bryan Thao Worra, the president of the Science Fiction Poetry Association, an international literary organization celebrating the poetry of the imaginative and the fantastic.
A Lao American writer, he holds over 20 awards for his work including an NEA Fellowship in Literature and was a Cultural Olympian representing Laos during the 2012 London Summer Games. The author of 6 books, his work appears internationally including Australia, Canada, Scotland, Germany, France, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand, Korea, and Pakistan.
You can visit him online at http://thaoworra.blogspot.com for regular news and reflections on Lao American science fiction, fantasy, horrror and poetry. You can also purchase copies of his books through Sahtu Press.
He'll be doing a workshop on short form SFF poetry and prose, entitled "Short Futures," as well as an original fan-fiction piece, Do Archaeologists Dream of Electric Sheep?
Over on Facebook, they've posted a video that elaborates more upon the goals and aims of the workshop. Be sure to join them if you can!