Kalia is a sought after public speaker. A selective mute in the English speaking world for much of her early life, Kalia’s unintended speaking career started in 2008 with the publication of her first book The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir. Since then, Kalia has spoken at hundreds of book groups, keynoted national conferences, presented for diverse organizations and lectured at many institutions. Kalia speaks with great intimacy, perspective, and grace on refugee and immigrant experience, issues in literacy and education, race, class, and gender.

Kalia has spoken at the following institutions:

Anoka-Ramsey Community College
Augsburg University
Bethel College, Manhattanville College
California Lutheran University
Cardinal-Stritch University
Carleton College (multiple times)
Century Community College (multiple times)
College of St. Benedict
Columbia University’s School of Social Work
Concordia University-St. Paul
Flagler College
Fresno State University
Hamline University
Lewis and Clark College
Macalester College (multiple times)
Miami University-OH
Miami-Dade College
Minneapolis Community Technical College (twice)
Normandale Community College (twice)
North Hennepin Community College
St. Catherine’s University
St. Mary’s University
St. Norbert College
St. Olaf College (twice)
St. Paul College
Stanford University (twice)
University of California-Santa Cruz
University of IA-Iowa City
University of IA-Iowa City (twice)
University of IL-Urbana Champagne
University of MN-Duluth
University of MN-Moorhead
University of MN-Morris
University of MN-Twin Cities (multiple times)
University of South Florida
University of St. Thomas (multiple times)
University of Tampa, Eckerd College
University of WI-Barron County (multiple times)
University of WI-Eau Claire (twice)
University of WI-Fox Valley
University of WI-La Crosse
University of WI-Madison (multiple times)
University of WI-Milwaukee (twice)
University of WI-River Falls (twice)
University of WI-Stevens Point
University of WI-Stout
University of WI-Whitewater
Valencia Community College-Winter Park Campus
Winona State University (twice)
If you want to book Kalia for readings, lectures, and other appearances, please contact:
Kevin Mills
The Tuesday Agency
132 1/2 East Washington
Iowa City, Iowa 52240

For questions regarding Kalia’s adult books, please contact:
Heather Karpas, ICM Partners
65 E. 55th Street,
New York, NY 10022 (1474108-DCA)

Phone: 212-556-5600
Email: hkarpas@icmpartners.com

For questions regarding Kalia’s children's books, please contact:
Erin Murphy, Erin Murphy Literary Agency, Inc.
824 Roosevelt Trail #290
Windham, ME 04062F

Phone: 928-525-2056
Email: erin@emliterary.com

For general inquiries, please use our Online Contact form:

General Contact Form

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