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Mommy Eats Fried Grasshoppers

Mahlee learns how differently Mommy did things as a child in her country, Laos, than Mahless does in America. She loves doing everything with Mommy, but will she eat fried grasshoppers?

Published in 2018.

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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.”

Published in 2015.

A Sticky Mess

Xieng Mieng: A Sticky Mess is the comedic origin story of one of the most beloved folk heroes of Laos. A young monk keeps getting in trouble with the head of the monastery who think the boy can’t do anything right. Finally, the young boy decides to turn the tables with the help of a chicken and a little bit of a sticky snack called mieng. What happens next has become the stuff of legend for over 600 years!

Published in 2013.