How Do I Begin? A Hmong American Literary Anthology
Author: The Hmong American Writers' Circle
Publisher: Heyday Books
This anthology focuses on the Hmong community, specifically its connection to the Central Valley's land and people. It captures the history of experience that the community brings to the area and will create a synergy of voices that reflect the culture and identity of the region.
"Seventeen Hmong come-of-age writers meet you head-on with their hearts on fire, their eyes electric, their voices thundering: bullet-riddled histories, miraculous border breakouts, adopted fractured citizenships, landscapes in spirit flight, language in between languages, and impossible healings of a community, and perhaps one of the finest collections of creative writing in decades. Every piece is tender yet raw-powerful: that is, it is human-real. You are in the house with 'fried palm sugar' and 'blood pudding,' in that thing we all want to be in, a people's life, without lies or hyperbole." - Juan Felipe Herrera, Tomas Rivera Endowed Chair, University of California, Riverside