Artist Takeover: May Lee-Yang

Fri., Oct. 25, 6 p.m.
Free * RSVP requested
Minnesota Museum of American Art

Haunting Stories by May Lee-Yang

The M’s artist-in-residence—performer, writer, and theater artist May Lee-Yang—and guest artists Rob Callahan, Haddayr Copley-Woods, and Saymoukda Vongsay will share stories about their experiences with the afterlife, monsters, and spirits, in honor of Halloween.

Rob Callahan‘s work in journalism has garnered a Marconi award, Associated Press awards, and recognition from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. His novels, short stories, and works of satire are enjoyed the world over.

Haddayr Copley-Woods is a dark fantasy and horror writer, radio commentator, and award-winning essayist with pieces and performances in places such as Minnesota Public Radio, Apex, Story Club Minneapolis, Science Fiction & Fantasy, and Best American Erotica. She wrote the advice column “Bitter Butch” at for several years.

Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay is a Lao writer deadset on amplifying refugee voices through experimental cultural production. Her plays have been presented by the Smithsonian APAC and Theater Mu; and has received grants/fellowships from Jerome Foundation, Knight Foundation, Playwrights’ Center, Loft Literary Center, Forecast Public Art, MRAC, MSAB, and elsewhere.

May Lee-Yang is a writer, performance artist, and teacher. Her theater-based works include The Korean Drama Addict’s Guide to Losing Your Virginity, Confessions of a Lazy Hmong Woman, Ten Reasons Why I’d Be a Bad Porn Star and has been produced through Theater Mu, Illusion Theater, Intermedia Arts, Out North Theater (Anchorage, AK), and The National Asian American Theater Festival (L.A.). She is currently a Playwright Center McKnight Fellow, and her work has been supported by the Jerome Foundation, the National Performance Network, the Bush Foundation, the MN State Arts Board, and the Loft Literary Center. She is a founding member of FAWK (Funny Asian Women Kollective) and also spearheaded Letters to Our Grandchildren, a theater/storytelling/documentary project with Hmong elders.