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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
February 16 - Mar 17

Exhibition: bruise bullet flower

readings & workshops
February 17

Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

performances
February 21

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
February 23

Poetry Reading: Rosa Alcalá & Daniel Borzutzky

readings & workshops
February 24

Writing Life Stories: A Memoir Workshop

readings & workshops
February 26

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
February 28

Poetry Reading: dg nanouk okpik

performances
March 10

Alternating Currents Live presents Wayfaring

readings & workshops
March 12

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
March 26

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
April 9

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
April 23

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

readings & workshops
May 7

Lapsed Writers’ Revival Workshop

Archived readings & workshops
May 16 Tuesday, May 16
6:00pm, TUITION: $100 (MEMBERS $90) | DROP-INS $20 ($18 MEMBERS)

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.