Hmong Poet Spotlight: Mai Der Vang

Mai Der Vang is the 2016 Walt Whitman Award winner of the Academy of American Poets and her first book, Afterland, will be published by Graywolf Press in 2017. Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review, New Republic, American Poets, The Cincinnati Review, and elsewhere. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Mai Der’s work has also been anthologized in Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora. As an editorial member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle, she is co-editor of How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology. Mai Der has received residencies from Hedgebrook and is a Kundiman fellow. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley, along with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Poetry from Columbia University. She lives in Fresno, California.

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