Monday, December 29, 2014

Hmong writer releases first full-length book of poetry, To Live Here

We're happy to note the release of Soul Vang's long-awaited full-length book of poetry, "To Live Here" from Imaginary Friend Press.

Laotian Ameican poet Bryan Thao Worra recently pointed out "Soul Vang is easily one of the best Hmong poets of our generation. He's a significant voice and I find his work stunning and profound." Thao Worra first became acquainted with Vang's poetry in the late 1990s while working with the writers and artists of the Paj Ntaub Voice Hmong literary journal and the Bamboo Among the Oaks anthology.

Thao Worra remarked "It's somewhat tragic that his work wasn't picked up by Asian American publisher, particularly a Hmong press. As Hmong and Lao approach 40 years in the US, I think this still speaks volumes about our place within the various worlds of arts and letters." This raises some interesting questions for all of us to consider about the importance of our community's writers working with institutions nominally committed to publishing voices like ours. To Live Here is selling for just $15, shipping and handling included.

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