Poet and former slam champ Bao Phi will read from his second book of poems, Thousand Star Hotel, at once a resistance to the erasure of Asian Americans and a loving time capsule to his daughter, which the New York Times called “rangy and lacerating” and shining with “irreverent profundity”. The Chicago Review of Books stated “it resurfaces in the mind again and again in precise images and sheer factual heft…in a time when everything new we learn about the world may seem terrible, this book is a reminder of the power and value of truth.”
Bao Phi is a former slam champion who has appeared on HBO Presents Russell Simmons’ Def Poetry, Paris By Night, and venues across the country, from Harvard to Stanford, from community organizations to prisons. His work has been widely published and anthologized, including in Poetry Magazine, The Columbia Review, Asian American Lit Review, and Best American Poetry 2006. He is the author of two collections of poetry: Sông I Sing and Thousand Star Hotel, both published by Coffee House Press, and a children’s book with illustrator Thi Bui, A Different Pond, published by Capstone Press and recipient of six starred reviews including from Kirkus, The Horn Book, and Publisher’s Weekly. He is currently Program Director of the Loft Literary Center. He lives with his daughter in the Powderhorn neighborhood of South Minneapolis.
This tour is made possible by the generous support of community, family, and friends who contributed to a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds to tour Thousand Star Hotel.