Sokunthary Svay was born in a refugee camp in Thailand shortly after her parents fled Cambodia after the fall of the Khmer Rouge regime. They were sponsored to come to the United States and resettled in the Bronx where she grew up. She is currently poetry editor for Newtown Literary, the only literary journal for the borough of Queens, a founding member of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA), an adjunct lecturer at the City College of New York (CUNY) in Harlem, and the recent recipient of the American Opera Projects’ Composer and the Voice Fellowship for 2017-19. Her publication credits include Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place and Time, FLESH, Prairie Schooner, Women’s Studies Quarterly, and The Margins. Her first collection of poetry, Apsara in New York, will be published this September by Willow Books.
Upcoming with Poetic Theater Productions:
Presenting “Re-Education Building”, a sequence poem about a Cambodian soldier who survived the Khmer Rouge regime and who resettles in NYC as the opener for the Thursday, October 5th performance of Outside Paducah: The Wars At Home as part of the Veteran Voices 2017 Series.