Dao Strom


Hybrid Forms
We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People, 2015 (with music album, East/West)

The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys, 2006
Grass Roof, Tin Roof - 2003


Other Work / Affiliations
She Who Has No Master(s)
DVAN (Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network)
Press Otherwise



instagram: @herandthesea


De-Canon Reading List


Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Dictee 

The Dream of the Audience: Theresa Hak Kyung Cha (1951-1982)  [curated by Constance M. Lewallen]

Claudia Rankine, Citizen

Bhanu Kapil, Ban En Banlieue

Amarnath Ravva, American Canyon

Paisley Rekdal, Intimate: An American Family Photo Album

Junichiro Tanizaki, In Praise of Shadows

Matsuo Basho, Narrow Road to the Interior

Bao Ninh, The Sorrow of War

Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Nothing Ever Dies

Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, this is all i choose to tell: History and Hybridity in Vietnamese American Literature

Edward Said, “Molestation and Authority In Narrative Fiction” (essay) 

Okwui Enwezor, Lorna Simpson [in particular the essay titled “Repetition and Differentiation—Lorna Simpson’s Iconography of the Racial Sublime”]

Nikki S. Lee, Parts

[--list submitted April 2017--]


Genre(s): Creative Nonfiction / Fiction / Poetry / Image-Text / Music / Hybrid Forms

Location: Portland, Oregon
Birthplace: Saigon, Vietnam (b. 1973)


Dao Strom's work explores hybridity through melding disparate “voices”—written, sung, visual—to contemplate the intersection of personal and collective histories. She is the author of We Were Meant To Be a Gentle People (Press Otherwise/Paperdoll Works, 2015), an experimental memoir accompanied by a music album, East/West, and The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys (Counterpoint Press, 2006), a collection of novellas, and Grass Roof, Tin Roof (Mariner Books, 2003), a novel. She is a 2016 recipient of a Creative Capital Artist Award in Literature. Her work has also received support from the Regional Arts Culture & Council, Oregon Arts Commission, National Endowment for the Arts, James Michener Fellowship, and the Nelson Algren Award. She was born in Vietnam and grew up in northern California. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Strom is also a literary editor for diaCRITICS and co-founder of She Who Has No Master(s), a collective of women writers of the Vietnamese diaspora, both projects of DVAN (Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network).


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