Conversations with Creative Cambodians-Monica Sok
by KhmerLife on Dec 09, 2020
Host by Kethia Chheng
Conversations with Creative Cambodians highlights different Cambodian artist each episode. Cambodians tend to be known for two things: The Killing Fields and donut shops. But there are poets and painters, sculptors and singers, dancers and film makers. Our next guest is a poet, Monica Sok.
Monica Sok is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of refugees. She is the author of A Nail the Evening Hangs On (Copper Canyon Press, 2020). Her work has been recognized with a “Discovery” Prize from 92Y. She has received fellowships and residencies from Poetry Society of America, Hedgebrook, Elizabeth George Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Kundiman, Jerome Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Saltonstall Foundation, and others. Sok is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University and teaches poetry to Southeast Asian youths at the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants in Oakland, California. She is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania.
Her debut poetry collection A Nail the Evening Hangs On is available now