My Father Is Not a Powerful Man: Lessons from My Refugee Father


My father is unemployed. His paperwork says that he is 61 years old. His only source of income is social security. He has a few chickens, some healthy, others not so much. He lives on a stretch of land in cold Minnesota, feet to the ground, eyes to the sky. He takes the weather in the ache of his bones, the burn in his back. My father spends a lot of time looking out the windows when he is not outside, walking along the tree line. There are many men like my father the world over. They give birth to daughters like me. My father is not a powerful man.

When I was young, I believed that my father was powerful.

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Author Fest: June 10th

A visit up north:

Author Fest, hosted by Beagle and Wolf Books & Bindery

June 10, 11AM-3PM

At the American Legion, 900 1st St E, Park Rapids, MN 56470

2017 Chautauqua Prize Finalist

We are excited to announce that The Song Poet is one of 6 finalists for the 2017 Chautauqua Prize, now in its sixth year.

Awarded annually since 2012, The Chautauqua Prize draws upon Chautauqua Institution’s considerable literary legacy to celebrate a book that provides a richly rewarding reading experience and to honor the author for a significant contribution to the literary arts. The author of the winning book will receive $7,500 and all travel and expenses for a one-week summer residency at Chautauqua.

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WINNER!! 2017 Minnesota Book Award in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir


Great news!

Back in January The Song Poet had been selected as a finalist for the MN Book Awards in Creative Nonfiction/Memoir.  It is with great excitement that I share it won the MN Book Awards in the Creative Nonfiction/Memoir category for 2017.  You may read more details by clicking on this link.  Kalia receives her third MN Book Award. Thank you so much for your continued support.

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