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Central Wisconsin Book Fest Finale: Poet Mai Der Vang

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Central Wisconsin Book Fest Finale: Poet Mai Der Vang

Sat., 9/30/17, 7pm - 8:30pm @ UW Center for Civic Engagement
We're thrilled to close out the Central Wisconsin Book Festival with poet Mai Der Vang, whose debut collection of poems, "Afterland," won the Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets.

"Afterland" is a powerful, essential collection of poetry that recounts with devastating detail the Hmong exodus from Laos and the fate of thousands of refugees seeking asylum. Mai Der Vang is telling the story of her own family, and by doing so, she also provides an essential history of the Hmong culture's ongoing resilience in exile. A Q&A and signing will follow the reading.

Mai Der Vang will visit Wausau while she's the 2017-2018 Visiting Writer in the MFA Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, Virginia Quarterly Review, LA Review of Books, Guernica, and elsewhere. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley, along with a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Poetry from Columbia University. She was born and raised in Fresno, California.

Support for this program is provided by the UW-Marathon County Lecture & Fine Arts Series, the Marathon County Public Library Foundation, the Friends of the Marathon County Public Library and Wisconsin Public Radio.
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Brief: We'll close out the Central Wisconsin Book Festival with award-winning poet Mai Der Vang, whose collection "Afterland" recounts the Hmong exodus from Laos and the Hmong culture's ongoing resilience in exile. Free and no registration or tickets required.

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