Artist, Educator, and Organizer in Saint Paul, Minnesota
"Are you living life? Or simply just living?"
I am a Hmong American poet, writer, multidisciplinary artist, activist and educator. My life long love of poetry, Hip Hop and storytelling has spawned eight albums, including Illegoalien’s ‘Blank Canvas’ and a vinyl release of my ‘Mind Full Of’ album, and one book, Lullabies for Happiness, A Manual for Love and Peace.
In addition to my contributions to numerous music, multimedia and performance projects, I have spoken, performed and facilitated arts, activism and identity based workshops nationally and internationally. I am also the Executive Director Emeritus of the Center for Hmong Arts and Talent (CHAT), and a recipient of MSAB’s Artist Initiative and Jerome’s Travel & Study Grant.
Additionally, I am the founder and lead designer at Elephant Hustle Apparel & Dry Goods ( elephanthustle.com ).
I am currently stranded somewhere in North America’s midwest with my stupendously fabulous partner, our awesomely adorable twin sister souls, and chill as a starry midwest spring evening, dog, Charlie.