Supporting Lao Art & Literature
It's the holiday season and time for Sahtu Press to make our annual giving request!
Philanthropy has long been a wonderful pillar of the Lao community. Our culture sees philanthropy as an enduring investment and blessing for the next generation. It is a privilege to be compassionate and help others on the path to enlightenment, harmony and understanding the world. Charity is something we take joy in, especially when we can see the results it has in others lives.
Sahtu Press is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization registered in the United States. We are volunteer-driven and managed, but there are still many costs to making this all possible. Your contributions are tax deductible.
This year, In addition to publishing books and monthly informative articles for our community, we provided expert one-on-one training, research assistance, workshops and private mentoring for emerging writers and students. Thanks to your support, we've been encouraging new voices from the Lue, Iu Mien, Khmu, Tai Dam and Hmong who share roots in Laos with us as they build their literary traditions.
This year, our Sahtu Press author Krysada Panusith Phounsiri was published internationally in the Mekong Review and won the first place Rhysling Award from the Science Fiction Poetry Association for his poem on UXO, "It Begins With A Haunting," which first appeared in his debut book, Dance Among Elephants. He successfully chaired the first National Lao American Writers Summit held outside of Minnesota, building exceptional bridges between the San Diego community and our national artists. He presented at events such as the Laotian National Conference, and the Pom Foundation Benefit representing Sahtu Press. He was also recognized by the California State Legislature for his community service with us. We're honored he's been a part of our journey.
With your support in 2016 we provided book donations to schools, libraries, and cultural organizations across the US. We also conducted extensive audience building outreach across the country for Lao American literature, including productive travels to Thailand, New York, Nevada, Washington, California, and Wisconsin.
We'd love to continue these efforts and expand them in 2017 as we prepare to release new books by Nor Sanavongsay, Catzie Vilayphonh, and other emerging artists in our community.
We thank all of you who've generously contributed to us this year already. It made a difference as we build an ongoing legacy of literature and art for the next generation of Lao American youth across the country. We want to show them a future they can be a part of as well as a past we can be proud of. If you're in a position to help our efforts, please consider donating here.