Kao Kalia will be joined by her father, Bee Yang who will open and close the evening with song poetry, kwv txhiaj, adding another layer to the poignant accounts of the Hmong fleeing the mountains of Laos, through the refugee camps of Thailand and to new struggles in the United States. Kalia credits her father as one of her most important literary influences. She writes, “Your songs, sung and unsung, guide me in each story I encounter.”
Enhance your weekend with a take-home kit of comforting and lively flavors from the kitchen of Chef Yia Vang. Chef Vang uses food to tell a story and believes that every dish has a narrative. Pre-order a meal kit ($85 meal for two) for post-presentation pick-up. The meal kit can be refrigerated to enjoy the next day.
Admission to this rain or shine event is free, but registration is required. In order to safely enjoy the evening, registration is limited to 140 people (50% capacity).
An American Sign Language interpreter and Hmong translation will be provided for this event.
NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.
NEA Big Read is designed to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. ArtReach St. Croix is one of 84 organizations to receive a grand to host an NEA Big Read project between September 2020 and June 2021.
ArtReach St. Croix is presenting NEA Big Read in the St. Croix Valley in conjunction with core program partners Valley Bookseller, Stillwater Public Library, University of Minnesota Press, St. Croix Festival Theatre, UW River Falls, River Falls Public Library and library branches located in communities between St. Croix Falls, WI, and Hastings, MN