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Praise for The Dead I Know
"That’s what the reader is in for, in this undertow of a book. Burlee Vang is part of everything and everybody he writes about, from growling stomachs to the tiger’s roar. This is a persuasive debut." —Sandra McPherson, Expectation Days
"A beautiful and powerful collection! Every piece is painstakingly crafted with its own daring sword, cutting through the heart’s sorrow. Here, poetry is liberation, and Burlee Vang is thus far our best Hmong writer!" —Pos Moua, Where the Torches Are Burning
"These poems articulate the harsh world of a war-torn country and its human aftermath as powerfully as any I’ve ever read. The various and distinct voices flinch at nothing, and yet somehow the book is not despairing. This is a visceral book, full of passion and fire, and something like hopefulness starts to rise from the ruins here—not as a gesture or a poetic device—but as an honest human response. This is a beautiful, harrowing and necessary book, and Burlee Vang is an extraordinary new voice in American poetry." —Corrinne Clegg Hales, Separate Escapes
About Burlee Vang
Burlee Vang’s prose and poetry have appeared in Ploughshares, North American Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, and Massachusetts Review, among other literary journals. His work has also been anthologized in Twentysomething Essays by Twentysomething Writers: Best New Voices of 2006 (Random House) and Highway 99: A Literary Journey Through California’s Great Central Valley (Heyday Books). He holds an MFA in fiction from California State University–Fresno, and is the founder of The Hmong American Writers’ Circle. He lives in Fresno with his wife, Mary, and their two children, Belle and Jude.
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Thursday, August 12, 2010
Hey folks, look out for my poetry chapbook due out in September from Swan Scythe Press. Here's an article about it in Asian American Press:
Burlee Vang wins poetry chapbook contest
09 August 2010
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.
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