Think of your great-grandmother in woven silk, countless threads through her hands weaving lines intersecting her face and palms, her children who compose your motherland fabric. Songsters of Cambodia’s golden age— Ros SreySothea, Sin Sisamouth, Penn Ran— blare from past decades in static singing across time through a rusty accordion. We have numerous words for […]
About Sokunthary Svay
Sokunthary Svay is a Pushcart-nominated Khmer writer and musician from the Bronx, New York. She and her family were refugees from Cambodia who survived the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime. She is the poetry editor for Newtown Literary. A founding member and Board President of the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA), her work has been published internationally in Malaysia, London and Phnom Penh. Svay has read at numerous venues throughout Queens, NY. Her poem “Morning Song” was recently set to music with a world premiere at the Queens New Music Festival. An essay, “Hearing Voices,” was featured in a visual and literary art exhibit by the Asian American Women Artists Association. Svay was a subject in New York Magazine’s “Living in a Sanctuary City” portfolio and featured in the New York Immigration Coalition’s This is Our NY, broadcast in Times Square. Additional writing credits include Homelands: Women’s Journeys Across Race, Place and Time, LONTAR: Journal for Southeast Asian Speculative Fiction, FLESH, Prairie Schooner, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Mekong Review, Perigree and The Margins. She is a past Willow Arts Alliance Residency Fellow and a recipient of the First Friday Residency at the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, and the 2017-2019 American Opera Projects’ Composer & the Voice Fellow.