R138. Making Space—A Hmong American Writers' Circle Reading

Marquis Salon 3 & 4, Marriott Marquis, Meeting Level Two
Thursday, February 9, 2017
10:30 am to 11:45 am


Four Members of the Hmong American Writers' Circle will share recently published work and lead a discussion on their experiences conducting public creative writing workshops that make space for and foster marginalized voices. The writers will also discuss what it means for them to pioneer Hmong American literature when no known popular writing system existed prior to the 1950s.


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.

Yia Lee writes young adult stories about second generation Hmong Americans growing up in economic disparity and divided cultures. Her short story “Broken Chords” was published in How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology.

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.

Mai Der Vang is the 2016 Walt Whitman Award winner from the Academy of American Poets. Her debut collection, Aferland, is forthcoming. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Cincinnati Review, the Journal, and elsewhere.


February 7–10, 2024
Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City Convention Center