November 10th, 2020 at 7pm CSt, I will be doing a launch event through Subtext Bookstore with Micaela Schuneman, the director of refugee resettlement for International Institute of MN:
November 13th, 2020 at 4pm CST, I will be doing a launch event through Tattered Cover Bookstore with Sarah Smarsh, NYT bestselling author of Heartland
November 16th, 2020 at 4pm CST, I will be doing a launch event with International Rescue Committee and the Immigration and HIstory Research Center through the University of MN:
November 17th, 2020 at 6pm CST, I will be doing a launch event through Literati Bookstore with Amanda Ule:
November 18th, 2020 at 7pm CST, I will be doing an event for Carleton College on both Somewhere in the Unknown World and The Most Beautiful Thing:

11/17/20 Somewhere in the Unknown World tour event:

Join Kao Kalia Yang and Jessica Goudeau for a reading of their respective books on refugees and conversation at the Loft Literary Center on November 12th, 2020 at 2 pm CST.
Alone/Together via University Art Museum
Reading with Dr. Deborah Appleman via Magers & Quinn

Monday, August 24, 7:00pm Magers And Quinn Booksellers Facebook Page

Reading and Writing through the Hard Times: Deborah Appleman presents Words No Bars Can Hold, with Kao Kalia Yang

Ever wondered about the ability of literature “to empower inmates who are too often dismissively diminished by society”? Join Deborah Appleman as she discusses her book, in which she shares her experiences teaching creative writing to high-security prisoners. She will be joined by Kao Kalia Yang, who will also discuss her new book The Shared Room!

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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:

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