• June 24, 2021, 7:00pm CT, Artreach St. Croix (Stillwater, MN)
  • July 12, 2021, 11:30am CT, Global Citizen Book Club (Virtual)
  • July 17, 2021, 10:30am CT, Winding Trails Bookstore Signing (St. Paul, MN)
  • August 19, 2021, 6:00pm CT, Winding Trails Bookstore Reading & Signing (St. Paul, MN)
  • September 25, 2021, 10am CT, Everwood Farm Writing Workshop w/ Kalia (Glendwood City, WI:
  • October 12, 2021, 12pm CT, University of WI-Eau Claire Keynote (Eau Claire, WI)
  • October 14, 2021, 8:45am CT, South Central College Keynote (Mankato, MN)
  • October 26, 2021, 7:00pm CT, Chippewa Book Festival Program (Eau Claire, WI)
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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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