Bao Phi has been a performance poet since 1991. He is a published poet, spoken word champ, Program Director at the Loft, and lifelong nerd. Raised in a Vietnam refugee family in Phillips, Minnesota, he's been on HBO Def Poetry, published in Best American Poetry as well as his own poetry book by Coffee House Press, and has published both online and on the page essays on a wide range of topics from Asian Americans in video games, police brutality, hip hop, and zombie apocalypse. He was named Best Spoken Word Artist by the Star Tribune and an Artist of the Year by City Pages. He's working on a radical Vietnamese American zombie novel.