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'Seventeen Hmong come-of-age writers meet you head-on with their hearts on fire, their eyes electric, their voices thundering: bullet-riddled histories, miraculous border-breakouts, adopted fractured citizenships, landscapes in spirit flight, language in between languages, and impossible healings of community, and perhaps one of the finest collections of creative writing in decades. A monumental tour de force.' ---- Juan Felipe Herrera, Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair, UC Riverside

'The confident clear Americano speech tells frankly of the anxieties and questions around being Hmong, new Americans, and artists, with diverse and ever-shifting resolutions. We are witnessing creation.' ---- Gary Snyder, Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, author of Mountains and Rivers without End

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Founded in 2004, Hmong American Writers Circle (HAWC) has served as a forum to discover and foster creative writing within the Hmong community. HAWC coordinates monthly writing workshops and provides educational/professional support and networking opportunities to emerging writers in California's Central Valley. Its members have partaken in writing residencies at Hedgebrook and conferences such as Kundiman, Napa Valley Writers Conference, and Tinhouse, and have published their work with Random House, New Rivers Press, Heyday, Swan Scythe Press, and the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Their writings have also appeared in literary journals such as Ploughshares, North American Review, In the Grove, Paj Ntaub Voice, Hyphen Magazine, and Alaska Quarterly Review, among many others. Through the years, HAWC's efforts and achievements have been geared toward the creation of a visible body of Hmong American literature and the establishment of a Hmong literary culture.

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Product Details

  • Series: Hmong American Writers' Circle
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Heyday (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159714150X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597141505
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Soul Vang is the author of To Live Here, winner of the 2014 Imaginary Friend Press Poetry Prize, and co-editor of How Do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology (Heyday, 2011).

Soul is a poet, teacher, and U.S. Army veteran. He holds an MFA in poetry from California State University, Fresno and is an editorial board member of the Hmong American Writers' Circle (HAWC).

His writing has appeared in Fiction Attic Press, In the Grove, The Packinghouse Review, Southeast Asia Globe, and The New York Times, among others.

His poetry has been anthologized in Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing (New Rivers), How Much Earth: An Anthology of Fresno Poets (Roundhouse), Bamboo Among the Oaks: Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans (Minnesota Historical Society), How Do I Begin? A Hmong American Literary Anthology (Heyday), and NEW CALIFORNIA WRITING 2012 (Heyday).

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Cone on January 18, 2014
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This is a beautiful book about a remarkable people who not only learned to create a written language after a thousand years of oral tradition, but who also learned to love and write poetry, essays, and the stories of their culture. I highy recommend it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharron A. Timmings on November 5, 2013
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A wonderful look into the lives and feelings of generations of these immigrants as they assimilate into American culture and different ways of looking at life.
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Another great book from the Amazon Library about the Hmong culture, I love it as I am married to a Hmong and am always learning new things through these books, thanks Amazon for carrying such a huge variety !
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By aeroblanchett on October 12, 2014
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Good condition. Would recommend for buyers.
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