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"...It transformed a weakness into a blameless fact, a discovery even. That's how I feel about Dao Strom's new book, The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys, in which she explores the way five Vietnamese-American women a college student, a cocktail waitress, and three mothers at varying degrees of acculturation come up against the chasms between themselves and the world, and especially between themselves and the men in their lives...."
"...More common was what took place in deciding which stories would round out the five in the money, as it were, and in what order. For a couple of hours, Robert Byington, Doug Dorst, Elizabeth Harris, Clay Smith, and Dao Strom exchanged observations, theories, opinions, and outlooks on how certain stories would represent the paper in the eyes of its readership..."
"...7. Of course, that urge was part of it: The process is a blind one, meaning that she had little to no idea who was responsible for this or the nine other stories (out of nearly 400 submissions) she, Linden Dalecki, Kirk Lynn, Will Sheff, and Dao Strom would have to decide among..."
"...During the judges' dinner on Feb. 4 at Starlite, Sarah Bird, Scott Blackwood, Stephen Harrigan, and Dao Strom considered this as a heavy criterion in deciding the five winners to emerge from the 10 finalists..."
"...December's installment of the UTTER Reading Series is just too good to pass up: On Monday, Dec. 6, James Hynes, Zoya Marincheva, and Dao Strom will descend on BookPeople at 7pm..."
"...Jesse Sublett gets wonderfully gritty in his true-crime book 1960s Austin Gangsters: Organized Crime That Rocked the Capital (Arcadia Publishing). Former Austinite Dao Strom mixes music and memoir in the lyrical We Were Meant to Be a Gentle People (MPMP), a book/album examining memory and identity..."
"...Slate, director, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information... Another big reminder: The winners of the 12th annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest -- judged by Sarah Bird, Scott Blackwood, Stephen Harrigan, and Dao Strom -- sponsored by BookPeople, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, and KGSR -- will be announced on Wednesday, Feb..."
"...Texas writers are well-represented in the book, with contributions by Max Apple, Rick Bass, Dagoberto Gilb, William Hauptmann, Dave Hickey, and Dao Strom. Of these, it is Apple and Hauptman who provide the book's strongest comedic pieces..."
"...In February of 2004, four of the best fiction writers in the country gathered at Starlite restaurant to talk about short stories. Sarah Bird (The Flamenco Academy), Scott Blackwood (In the Shadow of Our House), Stephen Harrigan (Challenge Park), and Dao Strom (The Gentle Order of Boys and Girls) Austin residents, all were the final judges of the Chronicle's 12th annual Short Story Contest, and, after hours of eating and drinking, they had a decision to make...."
"...Amid the antagonism and simple mistrust of the everyday fumblings between men and women and despite how Maureen Dowd's Are Men Necessary? struck a chord with me whether I wanted it to or not Dao Strom's The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys (Counterpoint) was a healing read, with its reminder that we really can be human first and girl or boy second. And then there was The Weather Makers: How Man Is Changing the Climate and What It Means for Life on Earth (Atlantic Monthly), whose January publication kick-started the year's defining trend: the mainstreaming of global warming..."
"...Tanya Donnelly reveals the river to be her muse in "River Love Song" and is so self-absorbed as to be off-putting. Austin-based writer and singer-songwriter Dao Strom (see above) shares lessons learned through the lens of motherhood and divulges that nothing and no one will knock you off your high horse like your child will..."
"...The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys: Four Stories by Dao Strom (Counterpoint, May 5)..."
"...Dao Strom is an author and musician (www.daostrom.com). Her first novel, Grass Roof, Tin Roof, was published in 2003 by Mariner Books, and she released her debut album, Send Me Home, in 2004..."
"...Still, aside from all of that, in the meantime, you might worry that our formidable panel of judges Robert Byington, Doug Dorst, Elizabeth Harris, Clay Smith, and Dao Strom will see the aforementioned names and perhaps be swayed by recognition of one or more of them. Don't: As we go to press, they have already met for dinner, deliberated, and decided on their top five..."
"...Dao Strom is an Austinite author-musician originally from Northern California. Her first novel, Grass Roof, Tin Roof, was published in 2003 by Mariner Books..."
"...Submissions were down this year nonfiction is in, after all but we're still excited with the 350 short stories we received from Texas to Colombia to Wyoming to New York to the UK. By now, we've narrowed down the pool considerably, and our wonderful judges UT English and Gender and Women's Studies professor, author, and performer Ann Cvetkovich; 2003 Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest winner Linden Dalecki (who has recently inked a deal with Houghton Mifflin); Rude Mechanicals playwright Kirk Lynn; Okkervil River frontman and Chronicle contributor Will Robinson Sheff; and Grass Roof, Tin Roof author, UT and Texas State teacher, and musician Dao Strom will soon decide first through fifth places at a supersecret location that will likely involve a submarine and child snipers..."
"...Dao Strom was born in 1973 in Saigon, Vietnam, and grew up in Northern California. She attended the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has been the recipient of several awards and fellowships, among these an NEA and a James Michener Fellowship, as well as the Nelson Algren Award..."
"...Coppock (Wrestling With Angels), LaNelle Ford (Overcoming Depression), Jan Guest (The Unexpected Guest), Martha Iglehart (Mama Jimmie's Lessons From the Heart), and Don Klein (Not as a Victim)... BookPeople is also where the 12th annual Austin Chronicle Short Story Contest winners will be announced and feted, right after being chosen by confirmed judges Sarah Bird, Scott Blackwood, Stephen Harrigan, and Dao Strom..."