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Kao Kalia Yang

Kao Kalia Yang is an award-winning Hmong-American writer. She is the author of the memoirs: The Latehomecomer, The Song Poet, and Somewhere in the Unknown World. Her children’s books include: A Map Into the World, The Shared Room, and The Most Beautiful Thing. She co-edited the ground-breaking collection What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage & Infant Loss By and For Indigenous Women and Women of Color. Yang’s work has been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, the PEN USA literary awards, the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize, and with four Minnesota Book Awards.

Recent & Notable Works



Somewhere in the Unknown World: a Collective Refugee Memoir (Metropolitan Books, 2020)

The Most Beautiful Thing (Carolrhoda Books, 2020)

The Shared Room (University of Minnesota Press, 2020)

A Map into the World (Carolrhoda Books, 2019)

What God is Honored Here?: Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss By and For Native Women and Women of Color (University of Minnesota Press, 2019)

The Song Poet: A Memoir of My Father (Metropolitan Books, 2016)

The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir (Coffee House Press, 2008)

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