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October 1, 2011

TALKABOUT: Mai Neng Moua

Mai Neng Moua is the founder of Paj Ntaub Voice, the Hmong literary arts journal where she nurtured and published more than 200 emerging Hmong writers and artists from across the U.S. From Paj Ntaub Voice came Bamboo Among the Oaks, the first Hmong American anthology, to which she contributed and which she edited. You may find her writings in publications such as Bamboo Among the Oaks, Healing by Heart: Clinical and Ethical Case Stories of Hmong Families and Western Providers and Where One Voice Ends Another Begins: 150 Years of Minnesota Poetry. Her awards include the Bush Artist Fellowship, the Jerome Travel Grant, the Loft Literary Center's Mentor Series in Poetry & Creative Prose, and the Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.

Mai Neng graduated from St. Olaf College and completed graduate work at the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two daughters.

Mai Neng will be reading and answering questions from her memoir-in-progress called Bride Price. This memoir chronicles a young Hmong woman's struggle to be true to herself and, a the same time, to her community.

TalkAbout begins at 2p. And as is usual with these sessions, those who attend need not have read specific work by the visiting writer but simply be interested in the conversation.