A leading voice at the forefront of contemporary Burmese poetry, ko ko thett's first collection of English poetry The Burden of Being Burmese has been described as "a brilliantly off-kilter book" by poet John Ashbery. ko ko thett will read from his acclaimed collection, share his insights on current affairs in Myanmar and how his poetry explores the possibility of the translatability of lived experience between the personal and the political.
This event is ticketed, and moderated by Alvin Pang.
ko ko thett is a poet by choice and Burmese by chance. The Burden of Being Burmese (Zephyr, 2015), a collection of ko ko thett's poems that have appeared in literary journals worldwide, is listed on Nota Benes by World Literature Today. After a whirlwind tour for about 20 years—including reading gigs at Sharjah International Book Fair, Hong Kong Poetry Nights, Minsheng Art Museum in Shanghai and Poets House in New York City, ko ko thett will settle back in his native Burma-Myanmar in 2017. He writes in both Burmese and English, and is an honorary fellow in writing at the University of Iowa.