The Shared Room: Reading and discussion

Join me in a reading and discussion of The Shared Room on Wednesday, June 17th!

Virtual Launch: The Shared Room

Come to the virtual launch of The Shared Room! When is a good time to speak to a child of grief, to teach them of loss, to speak of those who have gone, who are leaving, who will be so desperately missed? These are some of the big questions of my life and my art. […]

A Map Into the World: New Review


A new review of A Map Into the World, with special focus on intergenerational relationships and the portrayal of our elders.

Experience The Song Poet


Come experience The Song Poet Live at the Minnesota Ordway Center on September 22nd, 2019 at 6:00 PM. Tickets are available:

Author Fest: June 10th

A visit up north: Author Fest, hosted by Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery June 10, 11AM-3PM At the American Legion, 900 1st St E, Park Rapids, MN 56470

Hmong Museum: 3rd Hmong Chronicles with Kao Kalia and her father

My father and I, for the first time, take to the same stage to do our art thanks to the Hmong Museum. The event is free and open to the public. Books will be for sale. At a time when we need to hear the voices of immigrants and refugees, we will speak, we will […]

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Bee Yang

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