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2017 Authors and Artists (more coming soon!)

Mai Der Vang

Mai Der Vang

Mai Der Vang is the 2016 Walt Whitman Award winner of the Academy of American Poets. Her poetry has appeared in American Poets, The Cincinnati Review, Ninth Letter, The Journal, The Collagist, Radar, Fairy Tale Review, Asian American Literary Review, and elsewhere. Her essays have been published in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. Her work has been anthologized in Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora. As an editorial member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle, she is co-editor of How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology.

Mai Der has received residencies from Hedgebrook and is a Kundiman fellow. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing/Poetry from Columbia University. Her forthcoming debut collection Afterland will be published by Graywolf Press in 2017. Mai Der lives in Fresno, California where she teaches at Clovis Community College and also works as a writing/creative consultant.

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