About the Artwork
She Who Has No Master(s) is a collective project of women and nonbinary writers of the Vietnamese diaspora, who produce collaborative hybrid-poetry works. Each collaborative poem features different combinations of Vietnamese women/nonbinary writers' voices. The broadside was made on the occasion of a She Who Has No Master(s) poetry performance presentation for the Visiting Writers Series at Reed College in October 2019. The lines are excerpted from a collectively authored chapbook that explores themes of hunger, food, memory, and mythology.
This broadside features the voices of She Who Has No Master(s) writers: Vi Khi Nao, Dao Strom, and Stacey Tran.
Cross-genre writer from Long Khánh, Vietnam, Vi Khi Nao is the author of five poetry collections: A Bell Curve Is a Pregnant Straight Line (11:11 Press, 2021), Human Tetris (11:11 Press, 2019) Sheep Machine (Black Sun Lit, 2018), Umbilical Hospital (Press 1913, 2017), The Old Philosopher (Nightboat, 2014), & of the short stories collection, A Brief Alphabet of Torture (winner of the 2016 FC2’s Ronald Sukenick Innovative Fiction Prize), the novel, Fish in Exile (Coffee House Press, 2016). Her work includes poetry, fiction, film and cross-genre collaboration. She was the Fall 2019 fellow at the Black Mountain Institute.
Dao Strom is the author of the poetry collection, Instrument (Fonograf Editions), and its musical companion, Traveler’s Ode (Antiquated Future Records); a bilingual poetry-art book, You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else (Hanoi: AJAR Press); a memoir, We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People, and song cycle, East/West; and two books of fiction, The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys and Grass Roof, Tin Roof. Her work has received support from the Creative Capital Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, NEA, and others. Born in Vietnam, Strom grew up in the Sierra Nevadas of California and lives in Portland, Oregon. She is co-founder of two collective art projects, She Who Has No Master(s), and De-Canon.
Stacey Tran is a writer from Portland, OR living in Providence, RI. She is the author of Soap for the Dogs (Gramma, 2018) and her poems can be found in BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, diaCRITICS, and others. She is the creator of Tender Table, a storytelling series about food, community, identity.