The Poetry of Tararith Kho

As the Cambodian New Year approached last month, Tararith Kho commented that Khmers traditionally replace one of their gods each year, but they can never seem to replace their national leaders. Kho writes political poetry and short fiction in the hope of reform in his country, as the 2010-2011 fellow in Brown University's International Writers Project, which provides institutional, intellectual, artistic and social support to writers who face personal danger and threats to their livelihood in nations throughout the world. 

Kho was recently a focus of "Khmer Voices Rising: An International Freedom-to-Write Literary Festival" which took place at Brown in March. The Voice of America followed him on campus during the festival and later invited him back to speak live to Cambodians around the world.

He also spoke in April about the risks of writing in his country during Ohio University's third annual Khmer Studies Forum.