go back

Souvankham Thammavongsa's fourth collection of poetry, CLUSTER, will be published by McClelland & Stewart in 2019.

Her fiction has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story Prize and has appeared or is forthcoming in Harper's, Granta, Ploughshares, NOON, and Best American Non-Required Reading. She is the author of three poetry books, most recently LIGHT (2013), winner of the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, SMALL ARGUMENTS (2003), winner of the ReLit Award, and FOUND (2007), now a short film by Paramita Nath which screened worldwide at festivals including TIFF, L.A. Shorts Fest, and Dok Leipzig. She has been awarded residencies and fellowships by Yaddo, the Canada Council for the Arts, and has performed her work at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

She was born in the Lao refugee camp in Nong Khai, Thailand in 1978, and was raised and educated in Toronto. Her father works as a sign-maker, her mother works in a cake-making factory, and her brother works as a welder. She has worked in the research department for a publisher of independent financial advice newsletters for almost fifteen years and now works as a tax preparer for which she has received nine service awards.

cv (PDF)