Mai Der Vang Wins 2016 Walt Whitman Award for ‘Afterland,’ Poetry Collection on Hmong Experience
Hmong-American poet Mai Der Vang from Fresno, California, has been selected as the winner of the American Academy of Poets’ 2016 Walt Whitman Award for emerging poets. Vang’s debut collection of poems, “Afterland,” centers around the “secret war” in Laos and the Hmong refugee experience.
“I am incredibly honored to have received this award honoring a poet’s first book,” Vang told NBC News. “For me, this award means that a path continues to be paved for a new wave of Hmong-American and Asian-American writers to have their voices heard and their stories told. It affirms that California’s Central Valley continues to serve as a literary frontier contributing to the landscape of American poetry.”
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