Reading With Kao Kalia Yang

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Reading With Kao Kalia Yang
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The Loft Literary Center proudly presents Kao Kalia Yang author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir. Yang will be reading from her highly anticipated second book, The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father, the story of Bee Yang, a song poet who sacrificed much for his children's future in America

In the Hmong tradition, the song poet is the keeper of the stories of his people: their history, tragedies, joys and losses; it is he who invokes the spirits and the homeland. The Song Poet follows a young Bee as he grows into his art, as he grows into manhood in a country ruined by war, as he is forced into a refugee camp and then into exile. It follows him all the way to a Minneapolis housing project where crushing work and poverty eventually drive the songs away, though not before he has forged a better way for his children. In Yang’s deft hands, it is about the legacy of a father’s art—both the beauty of his poetry and the stories born in his children—as well as a profound look at the realities of the refugee experience, the before and the after.

Kao Kalia Yang was a finalist for the PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award and the Asian American Literary Award and received the 2009 Minnesota Book Award. She lives in Minnesota.

There is a $5–$10 suggested admission fee associated with this event.
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By: The Loft Literary Center