Saymoukda Vongsay Headshot (photo by Mica Lee Anders)

Saymoukda Vongsay

Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is a Lao American writer. Her work focuses on creating tools and spaces for the amplification of refugee voices through poetry, theater, and experimental cultural production. Her plays have been presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, Theater Mu, and Theater Unbound. She’s a Playwrights’ Center and Theater Mu fellow in playwriting, a Loft Literary Center fellow in poetry (2018) and children's literature (2019), a Twin Cities Media Alliance fellow in public art, and an Aspen Ideas Bush Foundation fellow. She's received grants from the Jerome Foundation, Bush Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Forecast Public Art, Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, MN State Arts Board, and elsewhere. Her work has been mentioned by the NY Times, Mpls/St. Paul Magazine, Mn Original, Minnesota Public Radio and more. She holds a Master in Liberal Studies degree and co-hosted a podcast on Minnesota Public Radio.


Photo by Mica Lee Anders

unfulfilled altars - Saymoukda Vongsay

unfulfilled altars

unfulfilled altars, 2020
Mixed media
Various dimensions

In recognition of the Laotian practice of ancestral worship, the artist created an altar for a former refugee's unfulfilled dreams and every story, promise, and apology that was lost in interpretation.

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