Poet to take the stage at Wisconsin Lutheran College

Bryan Thao Worra, who has presented readings throughout the United States, is making his first appearance in Milwaukee.

Date Posted: October 23, 2008 

MILWAUKEE – Bryan Thao Worra, a Laotian-American poet, writer and journalist, will be speaking on November 11 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the Raabe Theatre at Wisconsin Lutheran College. His talk is free and open to the public and will include readings from his current book The Other Side of the Eye and his new books coming out this year Winter Ink and Barrow.

Born in 1973 in Vientiane, Laos, Worra was adopted by an American pilot working in Laos for Royal Air Laos. Currently living in Minnesota, Worra spent his formative years growing up in Shorewood, Wisconsin. Worra began writing in 1991 with a special interest in poetry. His work frequently explores a wide range of social and cultural themes while his style is frequently experimental and draws from a variety of modern and contemporary influences. Worra has a unique impact on contemporary art and literature within the Lao, Hmong, Asian American and transcultural adoptee communities, particularly in the Midwest. He is interested in social and political issues, as well as the more personal exploration of his own roots and heritage. Worra's work appears internationally in numerous anthologies, magazines and newspapers including Bamboo Among the Oaks, Contemporary Voices of the East, and Tales of the Unanticipated.

Worra recently accepted the position of editor of Bakka Magazine and looks forward to meeting aspiring and established writers, poets and other artists from the Milwaukee area.

The Raabe Theatre is located in the Center for Arts and Performance, 8815 West Wisconsin Avenue. For more information visit or call (414) 443-8800.

Wisconsin Lutheran College is an independent, Christian liberal arts college located on the west side of Milwaukee.

View a special poem video by Bryan Thoa Worra for Wisconsing Lutheran College.