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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. She has been in residence at Yaddo. 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), a collaborative book by Sheila Heti, Heidi Julavits, Leanne Shapton + 639 others. Her stories have been shortlisted for the 2015 Commonwealth Short Story prize and longlisted for the 2016 Journey prize. 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. Souvankham Thammavongsa will read her poems at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, Quiet: A Poetry Reading for Agnes Martin, with Ari Banias and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge, curated by Jen Bervin, on January 10, 2017.



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