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'The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys'
Dao Strom's 'Four Stories': an excerpt
Books Story  May 5, 2006, by Nora Ankrum
"...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...."

Dao Strom and Elvia Padilla-Medal, front women for All Night Lincoln
Books Story  September 12, 2003, by Kate Cantrill

14th Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest
The winners, the judges, and the reasons why
Books Story  February 17, 2006, by Shawn Badgley
"...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..."

13th Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest
The theme wasn't "stripper girlfriends and homo love," as one judge speculated (there was no theme), but gender, class, and orientation were more deeply considerable issues among this year's finalists than ever before. Here's a look inside the process.
Books Story  February 18, 2005, by Shawn Badgley
"...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..."

12th Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest
The winners and the judges
Books Story  February 13, 2004, by Shawn Badgley
"...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..."

Dao Strom
Music Review  April 15, 2005, by Audra Schroeder
"...Dao Strom..."

Look into my eye. Look into my other eye. Rub noses!
Books Column  November 26, 2004, by Shawn Badgley
"...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..."

Joe O'Connell's Top Reads of 2015
Paradise Sky and The Best I Recall head a list of stellar Lone Star books
Arts Story  December 31, 2015, by Joe O'Connell
"...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..."

Firstly, crystal meth kills. Secondly, Cyndi Hughes is leaving the Texas Book Festival. Thirdly, Geronimo says we can drink!
Books Column  January 23, 2004, by Shawn Badgley
"...Slate, director, at 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..."

Two for the Road
Larry McMurtry's New Books Continue His Journey
Books Story  August 4, 2000, by Dick Holland
"...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..."

'Kid B'
Linden Dalecki's new novel: an excerpt
Books Story  October 6, 2006, by Shawn Badgley
"...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...."

Best Books of 2006
Books Story  January 5, 2007, by Nora Ankrum
"...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..."

The May Queen
Women on Life, Love, Work, and Pulling It All Together in Your 30s
Books Review  May 5, 2006, by Melanie Haupt
"...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..."

Lone Star Literature: A Texas Anthology
Lone Star Literature: A Texas Anthology
Books Review  February 24, 2006, by R.U. Steinberg
"...The Gentle Order of Girls and Boys: Four Stories by Dao Strom (Counterpoint, May 5)..."

The Judges
The 14th Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest
Books Story  February 17, 2006
"...Dao Strom is an author and musician ( 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..."

The 14th annual Short Story Contest: If you haven't heard, hear here, as we've gone from 550 to 10, count them, 10 stories! Count them again! Still 10? Not for long ...
Books Column  February 10, 2006, by Shawn Badgley
"...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..."

The Judges
Books Story  February 18, 2005
"...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..."

13th Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest Update
Books Story  January 28, 2005
"...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..."

The Judges
The judges of the 12th Annual 'Austin Chronicle' Short Story Contest
Books Story  February 13, 2004
"...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..."

Opportunity knocks.
Books Column  January 9, 2004, by Shawn Badgley
"...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..."

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