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Event Calendar
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performances
June 25

Alternating Currents Live presents Extraordinary Popular Delusions

readings & workshops
July 6

Poetry Reading: Derrick Harriell

readings & workshops
July 11

Offsite Reading: Poetry In the Park

special events
July 11 -21

CLOSED for Inventory

Archived readings & workshops
May 16 Tuesday, May 16
7:00pm, FREE

Join us to celebrate Mai Der Vang’s Afterland (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets


Mai Der Vang’s Afterland is a powerful collection of poetry that recounts with devastating detail the Hmong exodus from Laos and the fate of thousands of refugees seeking asylum. By telling the story of her own family, Vang also provides an essential history of the Hmong culture’s ongoing resilience in exile. Many of these poems are written in the voices of those fleeing unbearable violence after US forces recruited Hmong fighters in Laos in the Secret War against communism, only to abandon them. That history is little known, but the three hundred thousand Hmong now living in the United States are living proof of its aftermath. With poems of extraordinary force and grace, Afterland holds an original place in American poetry and lands with a sense of humanity saved, of outrage, of a deep tradition broken by war and ocean but still intact, remembered, and lived. 

 

Mai Der Vang is an editorial member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle and coeditor of How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology. Her essays have appeared in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and the Washington Post.