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35 Years Taller Presents: The Hmong American Writers' Circle

El Taller Latino Americano is proud to present The Hmong American Writers Circle (HAWC), as part of our 35th Anniversary celebration - 35 Years Taller. The evening will feature poems and prose from members of HAWC: Andre Yang, Mai Der Vang, Ying Thao and Anthony Cody and coincides with the writing collectives 10 year anniversary. The reading will explore exile, religion, war and identity within the Hmong community and from the emerging voices of the participants. 

Founded in 2004, HAWC serves as a forum to discover and foster creative writing within the Hmong community. HAWC's efforts and achievements have been geared toward the creation of a visible body of Hmong American literature and the establishment of a Hmong literary culture. These efforts recently culminated in the first Hmong American literary anthology "How Do I Begin?", which California Poet Laureate, Juan Felipe Herrera noted as, "one of the finest collections of creative writing in decades."

For more information on the Hmong American Writers' Circle, please visit 

To purchase "How Do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology", please visit
Heyday Books.