Episode 8 – Dao Strom

Born in Vietnam, Dao Strom grew up in the Sierra Nevada foothills, where she first began writing and thinking about the world as a beautiful place yet filled with contradiction. She talks with us about learning to play music in Iowa City, how she maintains her creativity from project to project, Cat Power, and why people are occasionally surprised by her love of folk and country music. Strom’s latest book is You Will Always Be Someone From Somewhere Else and, recording as The Sea and The Mother, her latest album is a 6 song EP entitled Sense.

In addition to her own personal creative work, Strom is also a founding member of She Who Has No Master(s), a collective of women writers of the Vietnamese diaspora, co-director of a PoC library collective/social engagement project, De-Canon, and the editor of diaCRITICS.


“Traveler’s Ode” — Dao Strom

“Pyramid #2: Hunger/I Have Traveled” — Dao Strom

“Original Tale” — Dao Strom

“Tomorrow’s Song (Living Room Songs)” — Ólafur Arnalds

“Wrestler” — Lotte Kestner

“Coal  Miner’s Daughter” — Loretta Lynn

“Metal Heart” — Cat Power

“Tulsa Queen” — Emmylou Harris

“Youth” — Daughter

16 Shells from a Thirty-ought-six” — Tom Waits

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