Karst Mountains Will Bloom to honor Pos Moua


The Hmong American Writers’ Circle, in conjunction with Merced College and the Merced Cultural Arts Center, will present “Karst Mountains Will Bloom.” The free public reading will feature nearly 20 of the leading Hmong-American voices in the U.S., as well as friends of Moua and the Hmong American Writers’ Circle. Readers will include the 2016 Walt Whitman Award Winner, Mai Der Vang; the first Hmong-American to publish a full-length manuscript, Soul Vang; Nicholls Fellow and HAWC founder, Burlee Vang; among others.

Pos Moua is a Hmong-American writer, educator, and poet based out of Merced, CA. His chapbook “Towards the World Where The Torches are Burning” (Swan Scythe Press, 2001) gives “an account of love and family and identity in the poet’s new land”, and is the first published work from a Hmong American poet. He has published work in in “Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing”, “UC Davis Poetry Review”, Sacramento’s “Poetry Now”, and “National Poetry”.

Scheduled readers include: Dr. Kou Yang, Soul Vang, Burlee Vang, Ying Thao, See Xiong, Kao Kalia Yang (video), Mai Neng Moua (video),  Andre Yang, Jer Xiong, Mai Der Vang, Yia Lee, Khaty Xiong ,(video), May Lee-Yang (video), Anthony Cody, Nou Her, May Yang (video), Yu-Han Chao, Meg Withers, Luna Moua, and Pos Moua himself.

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