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Souvankham Thammavongsa has written three poetry books, Light (2013), Found (2007), and Small Arguments (2003), all published by Pedlar Press in Canada. Of her most recent collection, The Globe and Mail said "[t]his new collection confirms Thammavongsa's place as one of the most interesting younger poets at work in the country," and the Trillium Book Award jury, awarding her the prize for poetry, called the collection "a landmark in contemporary poetry." Her first book won the 2004 ReLit prize. Her second book was made into a short film by Paramita Nath and screened at film festivals worldwide including TIFF, L.A. Shorts Fest, Dok Leipzig. Souvankham is working on a collection of short stories and a memoir of her childhood, some of which has appeared in Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher's Learning To Love You More project and in Women in Clothes (Penguin, 2014), an anthology edited by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, and Leanne Shapton. Her stories have been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Short Story prize and appeared in Granta, NOON, and Journey prize anthology. Souvankham Thammavongsa 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 carrot-peeling factory, her brother works as a welder. She has worked in the research department of an independent investment advice publisher for almost fifteen years and now works as a tax preparer. Souvankham Thammavongsa has read her poems at the Guggenheim Museum, in New York, and has been in residence at Yaddo. This year, the Canada Council for the Arts awarded her the Joseph S. Stauffer prize. She will be writer-in-residence at the University of Ottawa Fall 2017.

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