Dao Strom is an artist whose work explores hybridity through melding disparate “voices”—written, sung, visual—to contemplate the intersection of personal and collective histories. She is the author of two books of fiction and the hybrid-forms memoir We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People + music album East/West (2015). Her bilingual poetry book, You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else, is forthcoming from the Hanoi-based AJAR Press in 2018. Her work has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts and Creative Capital Foundation, among others. She is the editor of diaCRITICS. www.daostrom.com
Ly Thuy Nguyen is that hybrid Viet youngster with different realities in different cities. On a good day, she is finishing her PhD in San Diego, California. Her research is on the personal and the political of human geographic stories, interAsian connections and global queer futurity. On a better day, she is translating some interesting and important works—there are more to come. On any given day, she is figuring out her complicated relationship to poetry and life.