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The Jim Thompson Art Center would like to present a Poetry Night, a night of poem recitation, with acclaimed S.E.A. WRITE Thai poets, Naowarat Pongpaiboon, Chiranan Pitpreecha and Paiwarin Khao-ngam, will be invited to honor women and their roles as textile creators.

This event is the last in the series of Education Program of Weaving Paradise, which portrays Southeast Asian Textiles and their primary producers. The exhibition celebrates women’s creativity and their traditional social roles. Metaphorical references of women and weaving are universal in both occidental and oriental literature such as Homer’s Odyssey, The Republic of Plato and others traditional oral and written literary forms of Southeast Asia. They all describe good women as skilled and diligent weavers. The description of women spending hours with looms symbolizes a women’s purity in legends and songs. In oral traditions of the Tai peoples, images of textile and their creation are found in lullabies, courting songs and legends. A women’s weaving skills is viewed by society as a reflection of her ability to be a good caregiver.

This poetry night provides a forum for the three poets and participants to exchange and expand their perspectives on women’s role, as textile producers through a variety of poems both newly written and old like “Real Silk from Mother’s hand” by Paiwarin Khao-ngam.

The event will be on Saturday, January 26 2008, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. at William Warren Library, 4th floor, Henry B. Thompson Building. (in the same area with Thai house parking space.

The program is hosted by Panisa Puwapiromkwan.

Naowarat Pongpaiboon
The national acclaimed poet was born in March 26, 1940 in Kanchanaburi province and started to write when he was in junior high school after discovering his father’s poem. Naowarat is famous for his beautifully created literary forms, which aesthetically portray his ideas towards the surroundings. He won the SEA WRITE award in 1983 from Mere Movement and was announced to be the National Artist in the sector of Literature, sub sector literature, in 1993 from the office of the National Culture Commission, Ministry of Culture.

Chiranan Pitpreecha
Chiranan Pitpreecha was born in Trang province in February 1955. She was a well-known figure in the 1970s student movement in Thailand. Following the violent suppression in 1976, she, along with thousands of Thai students, fled to the jungle and joined the Communist insurrection. Almost immediately after she returned from the jungle in 1981, under the protection of amnesty law, her poem, Cracked Pebble was selected "The best Poem of 1981" by P.E.N. International, Thailand. She then resumed her education at Cornell University in the United States where she received a B.A. and M. A. History. Chiranan is one of Thailand's best-known authors, and has produced a wide range of writings for Thai periodicals and newspapers, from poetry, history, and travel articles to social commentaries. In 1989 The Missing Leaf, her first poetry book based on personal experiences in the jungle, won the prestigious South East Asia Write Award. In 1992 P.E.N. International, Thailand, selected “First Rain” as “The Best Poem of the Year”. Her works have been translated into English, French, German, Japanese, and Malay.

Paiwarin Khao-ngam
Paiwarin Khao-Ngam was born in February 10, 1961 in Roi Et province is a well-know Thai writer and poet. His first work, There's No Poem From A Poor Man, was published in 1979. In 1995 he won the S.E.A. Write Award for his collection of poems, Banana Tree Horse. One of his famous poems, Real Silk from Mother’s Hand, which is also part of the Weaving Paradise Exhibition, has been translated into English and adapted to use in wide range of performance, songs and theatre plays. He lives and works in Khonkaen province, Thailand.

For further information, please contact:
Khun Somsuda, Education Program Coordinator
Tel: 02 612 6741
Fax: 02 219 2911
E-mail: somsuda@jimthompsonhouse.com

The Jim Thompson Art Center
(2nd floor, The Jim Thompson House compound)
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