Bits of news:

I write you with bits of news:
-I submitted my fifth letter to a refugee child for Al Jazeera. This final letter in the short series will run on Thursday. For those of you who may have missed any of the letters, you can find them here:
-The Song Poet, my second book, has been selected as a One Book/ One Minnesota selection. This means that the book is downloadable for free for a period of time and I’ll keynote a presentation come December around the work. In our current moment, the book club need not be limited to only Minnesotans. If you’ve not read the book, this is a great opportunity. You can access details here:
-Lerner has published an interview I gave about my newest book, From the Tops of the Trees. The book has been out in the world now for nearly a month. It’s traveling beautifully and already my inbox is filled with messages from readers young and old about their own experiences with fathers, places, and perspective. It just got its third starred review, this time from Publishers Weekly, so it is a 3/3 so far. You can read the interview here:

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Hmong song poetry | kwv txhiaj hmoob

Thaum Hluas Txog Hnub Laus: When the Days of Youth are Gone (Bee Yang, 2014)

This is an album of Hmong song poetry, kwv txhiaj hmoob, composed and sung by Bee Yang, Kao Kalia Yang’s father. The album notes and English translation of one of the songs are by Kao Kalia Yang.

Kwv txhiaj is, in the words of Ralph Ellison on the American Blues, “an impulse to keep the painful details and episodes of a brutal experience alive in one’s aching consciousness, to finger its jagged grain, and to transcend it, not by the consolation of philosophy but by squeezing from it a near-tragic, near-cosmic lyricism. As a form, the blues [and kwv txhiaj] is an autobiographical chronicle of personal catastrophe expressed lyrically.”

NOTE:  The duration of the songs do not reflect the actual song length.  Please consider ordering the CD for the full songs.  Thank you.

*This CD is available for purchase for $15.  Click below to order:


Bee Yang: Hmong Song Poetry



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