Dao Strom

Literature, 2016

Dao Strom is a writer and musician based in Portland, OR. Her work explores hybridity through melding disparate “voices”—written, sung, visual—to contemplate the intersection of personal and collective histories. She is the author of two fiction books, Grass Roof, Tin Roof and The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys, praised by The New Yorker as being “quietly beautiful […] hip without being ironic.” Her latest project is an experimental memoir, We Were Meant To Be A Gentle People, accompanied by a music album, East/West, in which, according to the LA Review of Books, “Strom embraces the fragment as the smallest reliable unit of truth.” Strom has 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 Viet Nam and grew up in the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California.

Awards and Accomplishments

2018: Djerassi Artists Residency with DVAN (Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network) “Dialogues Across Borders” Writing Retreat & Public Event at San Jose Museum of Art - Jun 5-11, 2018. An international gathering and dialogues project with 10 writers of the Vietnamese diaspora.

2018: Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) Place-making Grant for De-Canon: A Visibility Project (a pop-up library installation and residency project, May to Aug 2018)

2018: The Factory Art Exhibit 2018: an international group exhibit in the old herring fish factory in the Westfjords of Djúpavík, Iceland. Presented by the Hotel Djúpavík, Jun 1 to Aug 21, 2018.

2018: You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else, a bilingual poetry/art book, published by Ajar Press (Hanoi, July 2018 / US, Sept 2018)

2018: SENSE, a music EP, cassette and digital release only (Gorbie International Records, 31 Aug 2018)

2017: May 2017: Collaborative writing retreat in Corsica, France. With She Who Has No Master(s) collective.

2017: Recipient of 2017 RACC Project Grant (Regional Arts & Culture Council). For "Unmastered," a visual-poetic project documenting collaborative art and writing project with She Who Has No Master(s) collective. (Jan 2017)

2017: May 27, 2017: Reading Event with She Who Has No Master(s) collective at the American Library in Paris.

2016: Recipient of Precipice Fund Grant for collaborative social engagement project, De-Canon: A Visibility Project, a popup library installation and web resource project for writers of color.