Hmong Writer, Editor Lecturing April 25 at Southeast

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., April 17, 2007 — The Multicultural Speakers Series will be hosting a lecture and classroom visits by Mai Neng Moua, a Hmong writer and editor April 25 at Southeast Missouri State University.

The public lecture is scheduled for 7 to 8 p.m. in the University Center Party Room. She will relate the history of the Hmong people, her experiences in Laos and her journey to the United States. She also will read from her original work. Mai Neng Moua is a creative nonfiction writer and poet.  She is the founder of Paj Ntaub Voice, the 12-year-old Hmong literary arts journal, which she started in college; the editor of Bamboo Among the Oaks: Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans, the first Hmong anthology in the United States and the founder of the Hmong American Institute for Learning (HAIL), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and preserve Hmong expressive culture. 

She is also a teaching artist, having taught poetry and creative writing to various groups since 1999.  Her awards include the Bush Artist Fellowship and the Jerome Travel Grant.  In her day job, she works for Fieldstone Alliance, managing the Kellogg Action Lab, a three-year project funded by the Kellogg Foundation to develop the effectiveness and sustainability of their U.S. grantees. Mai Neng Moua’s visit is sponsored by University Funding for Results and the Department of English. For further information, contact Dr. Susan Swartwout at sswartwout@semo.edu or (573) 651-2641.