Sacramento, CA (June 15, 2010) – Burlee Vang, of Fresno, Calif., is the winner of the 2010 Swan Scythe Press Poetry Chapbook Contest. According to the editors of Swan Scythe Press, one of the U.S.’s most prestigious poetry publishers, Vang’s winning manuscript is titled “The Dead I Know: Incantation for Rebirth.”
Mr Vang’s book is expected to be published in September 2010.
Vang’s prose and poetry have appeared in Ploughshares, North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Massachusetts Review, and many other literary journals. His work has also been anthologized in Twentysomething Essays by Twenty-something Writers: Best New Voices of 2006 (Random House) and Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California’s Great Central Valley (Heyday Books).
Vang holds an MFA in fiction from California State University – Fresno.
As the founder of The Hmong American Writers’ Circle, Vang conducts workshops to promote creative writing within the Hmong community of Fresno, where he lives with his wife, Mary, and their two children, Belle and Jude.
Mr. Vang’s book was chosen from among more than 130 submitted manuscripts from more than 20 U.S. states and foreign countries.
Swan Scythe Press was founded in 2000 by poet Sandra McPherson, who published the first 26 chapbooks in the series. Now edited by James DenBoer, Swan Scythe will publish three new chapbooks in 2010, including Mr. Vang’s, whose publication date is September 2010.
For more information on the Press, its other books, and easy PayPal purchasing, see the website at www.swanscythe.com.
Find out more about Burlee Vang online at www.myspace.com/burlee_vang or at http://burlee.blogspot.com.ο