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.

Read more here.

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.

The Latehomecover: New Book Cover

The Latehomecomer  has a new book cover and has been selected by the National Endowment of the Arts as one of 28 big read titles.  Check it out here.

Father’s Day Essay

Kao Kalia Yang is the author of The Song Poet: A Memoir Of My Father, published by Metropolitan Books.

Thai men and women, smugglers, tried to buy us refugee children, sometimes with money and other times with bottles of fish sauce. To the world around me, I was one more of thousands, little girls with bangs cut straight across their brows, skinny arms and legs, living to die. I was perhaps, they thought, dispensable. My life in the crowded refugee camp could not have looked like much to outsiders. Few knew that in my father’s hold, on the currents of his songs, my world was rich with story, my future the happy ending we were walking toward.

Read the full article here.

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