St. Paul, Minn. — On Tuesday, December 13, 2011, Hnub Tshiab: Hmong Women Achieving Together and Writer/Performance Artist May Lee-Yang invite you to join in the release party for Hmong Women Write Now: An Anthology of Creative Writing and Artwork by Hmong Women and Girls.
Earlier this year, the two partners, in collaboration with Hmong Arts Connection, a nonprofit based in the literary arts, hosted the Hmong Women Write Now Retreat, a three-day event that gave Hmong women, girls, and allies from marginalized communities an opportunity to explore their creative voices. The retreat included workshops that ranged from fiction and poetry writing techniques to bookmaking and graphic memoir.
The anthology is a collection of writing and visual artwork that celebrates the voices of attendees at the retreat.
May Lee-Yang who is Executive Director at Hmong Arts Connection as well as the project manager behind both the anthology and retreat, said, “It was important for us to not only create a space for Hmong women and girls to create new work; we also wanted to share their voices with the world.”
The release party will feature a reading by Dia Lor, Rebecca Beibei Song, Chay Duangphouxay, Narate Judie Keys, and others.
The event, which is free and open to the public, takes place from 6:30-8:30 PM at the Wellstone Center (also known as Neighborhood House) at 179 Robie Street, St. Paul, MN 55107. A reception will be provided along with books for purchase.
This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.
For more information, please contact May Lee-Yang at[email protected].
Interim Executive Director
Hmong Arts Connection (HArC)
Look for us on the web at www.hmongartsconnection.org.