(Jan 14, 2012)
Kosal’s friend, colleague and a K.E.A (Khmer Exiled American) Member Thea Som introduces the deportation process coming to Cambodia and bringing awareness upon these issues.
This video provides information for new returnee’s arriving to Cambodia. It includes 5 basic steps, experience and process of a returnee in Cambodia. This video will help assist and give orientation for future returnees who are still in the process of deportation.
(Jan 13, 2012)
Full audio version of the PUC Radio Talk Show (1 hour, 30mins)
TO LISTEN CLICK HERE http://www.eyefromthesky.net/KEA/Kosal_PUC_Radio_Jan11_2012.mov
This past Wednesday on Jan 11 I was invited by the Royal Princess Ms. Soma Norodom to be a guest appearance on PUC Radio Talk Show. My first reaction was wow… really? I felt so honored and blessed to know that the work that I’m doing along with the help and support of my family and friends is being recognized. In all honesty I was extremely nervous but Ms. Soma was very easy going and right away she made me feel really comfortable. I mean here I am, a kid who spent most of his young adult life in prison for a very poor choice as a teenager. Now I am sitting in front of a real live royal princess sharing with her and the listeners the story of my life among other things. That moment filled me with so much love and appreciation for where I am in life. For so many years I have dreamt dreams of one day doing what I love and being able to be in a position to share my message of love and hope. And to be asked to be on the only English speaking radio shows in Cambodia was a dream come true. I really felt like an exiled King who has now come into another certain kind of royalty in exiledom. One ruled with love and honor and respect with an outlook of the deepest appreciation for life.
I hope everyone enjoyed the experience and was touched by it as I was. If I can change the perception and view of one person on how they have viewed themselves and the world around them with my story then I do consider myself blessed and fortunate. This is just the beginning and I can feel it within my bones, we are on the precipice of a conscious global change, here in Cambodia as well as with the world abroad and I am proud humbled and honored to be a part of creating creativity in creation.
(Jan 13, 2012)
For the past month and a half on every Thursday Ryan Danger Tong and I have been teaching creative writing at A New Day Cambodia. We started off with one class and now we have expanded to 2 classes with two different learning levels. A third class is being talked about in incorporating visual arts since that is also one of my loves. Let me tell you that these kids are amazing and the only thing I’m having trouble with are their names. J They are very smart and quick witted. I have found myself challenging them with the speed and depth with what they are learning and to my surprise and amazement they are rapidly increasing their vocabulary and what they are able to retain. Wow!
My goal is to develop them into articulate well spoken Khmer men and women who can string complex thoughts together and can be social with the world abroad. This week we talked about the journey written by Mary Oliver and together we broke down her poem. After, I ask them about their own journey and to see their life as one. Right now they are students but in 5 years from now where would they like to go or be and with asking that question I think it sparked something within them; that they can become whoever they wish to become.
We also talked about imagination because I wanted them to start thinking outside the box. It wasn’t easy but I was able to explain using metaphors which they finally got. If you’re thinking I wonder what method he used to teach imagination? Well if you’re interested in my process of creative writing and teaching methods feel free to contact me through the website.
(Jan 13, 2012)
Khmerican Ex-con Turns Over New Leaf in Phnom Penh Arts Scene
In the weekend edition (Jan 13-15) of the Phnom Penh Post 7 Days insert, Kosal was featured in an Article interviewed by journalist Lionel Mok.
Phnom Penh Post is the oldest existing independent newspaper in any language in Cambodia. First published in July 1992, the Post is read by thousands of foreigners and Cambodians throughout the country and by subscribers in 35 countries around the globe. The Phnom Penh Post has about 90,000 readers daily.
Read the article online now.
(Jan 12, 2012)
Since Nov. 17, 2012, Kosal along with writer friend Ryan Tong has been volunteering at ANDC (A New Day Cambodia). They are teaching creative writing through spoken word poetry to Khmer kids who live at the ANDC organization. They currently run 3 classes to youth ages 9-16 years old.
ANDC is a non-profit organization funded by the Chicago Bulls of the NBA to provide shelter, food and education to Cambodia’s garbage dump scavenger childern.
(Jan 11, 2012)
“The power of radio, the #1 medium of communication in Cambodia, and the spoken word of Kosal Khiev, today’s most influential Khmer poet, both combined, have revolutionized a new form of expression in Cambodia.” — H.R.H Soma Norodom
(Jan 11, 2012)
From Prison to Poet by Ellier Dyer / Photography by Dylan Walker
When browsing January’s AsiaLife, flip to pages 42 & 43, and you’ll find a spread dedicated to Kosal and his story. While serving a 16 year prison sentence for attempted murder, Kosal Khiev found redemption in the spoken word. The magazine’s editor Ellie Dyer meets the budding poet and learns how one of Cambodia’s newest returnees turned his troubled life around.
To read the full article online visit AsiaLife Guide (Issue No. 61)
(Dec. 9 2011)
MOMENTS IN BETWEEN THE NIGHTS is the second episode in a series of spoken word videos by Khmer American exile Khiev Kosal in collaboration with Studio Revolt. Verses in exile #2 MOMENTS IN BETWEEN THE NIGHTS coming soon.
Kosal Khiev and Ryan Danger Tong started their creative writing / spoken word workshop with the Cambodian Youth at A New Day Cambodia. They are teaching a weekly workshop with young Cambodians on how to use art as a way to express oneself, especially through creative writing.
ANDC is a non-profit organization providing shelter, food and education to Cambodia’s garbage dump scavenger childern.
(Nov. 14 2011)
Asia Profile: Poet and Cambodian-American Deportee Kosal Khiev
Radio Australia is the international radio and online service of the Australian national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Listen to his interview