The Poetry Center Book Award: Bao Phi with Sarah Menefee, reading and in conversation

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Photo of Bao Phi standing in a street
Minneapolis-based Bao Phi, winner of The Poetry Center Book Award, reads from his work and participates in a conversation with award judge Sarah Menefee. Phi won the award for Thousand Star Hotel (Coffee House Press, 2017). "From the first poem in Bao Phi’s Thousand Star Hotel I was taken into a real world, particular to the poet but a shared world, in the best way, written with a sure and generous ear." -- Sarah Menefee. Supported by the National Endowment for the Arts. Free.
Humanities Building, The Poetry Center (Room 512)
The Poetry Center, Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network
The Poetry Center
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Bao Phi

Bao Phi is a multiple-time Minnesota Grand Slam poetry champ and National Poetry Slam finalist. His other collection of poetry is Sông I Sing (Coffee House Press). Both of his poetry collections are taught in classrooms across the country.

Phi is also author of A Different Pond, a picture book which received a Caldecott honor, Ezra Jack Keats new author honor, Charlotte Zolotow award for excellence in children’s book writing and six starred reviews. He was Minnesota Monthly’s Author of the Year 2017 and City Pages’ Best Author 2018. He continues to tour as a featured guest speaker and artist across the country. He is the program director of events and awards at the Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis.

The Poetry Center Book Award

Since 1980 The Poetry Center Book Award has been presented annually to a single outstanding book of poetry published in the previous year. The award carries a cash prize and an invitation to read, along with the award judge, at The Poetry Center.

Photo by Anna Min