F283. Hmong American Writers' Circle

Liberty Salon N, O, & P, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Four
Friday, February 10, 2017
4:30 pm to 5:45 pm


Over forty years have passed since the end of the Vietnam War, and the Hmong American literary voice has started to emerge on the national landscape. First and second generation Hmong American writers read their works and discuss the ways in which literary citizenship has helped them navigate writing in an adopted tongue, process the trauma of exile and war, and insert themselves into publishing and editing to create their own spaces for growth and voice.



Anthony Cody is a CantoMundo Fellow and editorial member of HAWC. His work has been published in Prairie Schooner, Triquarterly, Juan Felipe Herrera’s 187 Reasons Mexicanos Can’t Cross the Border, as well as How Do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology, which he also coedited, among others.

Khaty Xiong is the author of debut collection Poor Anima, which is the first full-length collection of poetry published by a Hmong American woman in the United States. Xiong’s work has been featured in The New York Times, Poetry Society of America, and elsewhere.

Ying Thao is a self-identified Gay Hmong American, he feels that using creative writing as a platform his strength lies within telling the issues of the LGBTQ Hmong Community, as well as the stories that the Fresno Hmong Community has to tell even though both subjects are at the opposite end.

Andre Yang is a founding member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle, with whom he coedited How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology. He received his creative writing MFA from Fresno State, is a Kundiman Poetry Fellow, and an adjunct instructor.

Soul Vang is a poet, teacher, and US Army Veteran. He is the author of the poetry collection To Live Here, and coeditor of How Do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology. An editorial member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle (HAWC), Soul holds an MFA in poetry from CSU, Fresno.


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