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KUV YOG HMOOB: ‘I Am Hmong’ Event Showcases Hmong Writers and Storytellers

hear from Hmong writers at this collaborative community event on May 6

Sawyer Hoff |

KUV YOG HMOOB. Listen to stories from Hmong writers on May 6 at the ECAHMAA building. (Photo via ECAHMAA Facebook)

After celebrating Hmong Heritage Month in April, you can enjoy readings from Hmong authors and storytellers at a new event titled, "Kuv Yog Hmoob (I Am Hmong)" hosted by S.Z. Putnam, a local Hmong Writer, The Chippewa Valley Writer’s Guild, and the Eau Claire Area Hmong Mutual Assistance Association on May 6.

The event will take place at the ECAHMAA building (1320 West Clairemont Avenue, Eau Claire) from 2-3:30pm. Completely free and open to the public, Putnam hopes that not only will the community come out to listen to the authors’ stories but to uplift other young Hmong writers to continue pursuing their passion.

The writers slated for the event so far are Putnam herself, Cassandra Xiong, a second-generation HMoob American attending the University in Wausau; Nancy Xiong, an Eau Claire native who will be sharing pieces from her chapbook, Sketches of the Heart, written in Hmong and English; Sheng Elizabeth Lor, founder of The Social X Change Project, LLC.; And Malee Yang, UW-Eau Claire  Business Administration and Creative Writing major. Putnam is still looking for Hmong writers in the area that may be interested in putting themselves out there.

“I know that there are other Hmong writers out there like me who are trying to figure out where the other local writers are,” Putnam said. “They’re a little in hiding because not everybody’s on social media, but we know they’re there. So how do we get them out and how do we start fostering that community of writers here locally? Events like this.”

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