Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series presents Kao Kalia Yang

Thursday, March 21, 2019
Lenoir-Rhyne University

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series (VWS) will present Readers Choice award winner, Kao Kalia Yang, on Thursday, March 21 in Belk Centrum at 7 p.m. 

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong-American author of two novels and one forthcoming children’s book. Yang received her MFA in Creative Nonfiction Writing from Columbia University. Her graduate studies were supported by a Dean's Fellowship from the School of the Arts and The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans. Her first book, The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, was a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction, and won the 2009 Minnesota Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir and Reader's Choice. Her second book, The Song Poet, was a finalist for National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, a PEN USA Award in Nonfiction, and the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize, and won the 2016 Minnesota Book Award in Creative Nonfiction Memoir. Yang has taught at numerous institutions, including Columbia University, Metropolitan State University, and the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. Her third book, a children’s picture book, A Map Into the World, will be out in fall of 2019.

Sponsors of the 2018-19 VWS include: Barnes & Noble, NC Arts Council, United Arts Council of Catawba County, National Endowment for the Arts, Hickory Hop, Crowne Plaza, Café Rule, Hickory Public Library, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and Robert Abbey Fine Lighting.

Mission Statement:

The Visiting Writers Series of Lenoir-Rhyne University believes that reading is an essential element in the creation of vibrant communities. We invite authors to read from their own works in a relaxed environment before university and community audiences. We believe the beauty and power of words help us make sense of the world. Children's writers, mystery writers, essayists, poets, novelists all participate in this celebration of the written and spoken word. We believe that a community of readers is a better community.

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Thursday, March 21, 2019 · add to calendar 2019-03-21 09:00:00 2019-03-21 17:00:00 America/New_York Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series presents Kao Kalia Yang https://charlottecultureguide.com/event/423176/lenoir-rhyne-universitys-visiting-writers-series-presents-kao-kalia-yang Lenoir-Rhyne University, 625 7th Ave NE, Hickory, NC, 28601
Free and open to the public. Tickets are recommended in advance for Laila Lalami, Armistead Maupin, and Louise Penny.
Call 828.328.7206 to order.

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