Founded in 2004, Hmong American Writers’ Circle (HAWC) has served as a forum to discover and foster creative writing within the Hmong community. HAWC coordinates monthly writing workshops and provides educational/professional support and networking opportunities to emerging writers in California’s Central Valley. Its members have partaken in writing residencies at Hedgebrook and conferences such as Kundiman, Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, and Tinhouse, and have published their work with Random House, New Rivers Press, Heyday, Swan Scythe Press, and the Minnesota Historical Society Press. Their writings have also appeared in literary journals such as PloughsharesNorth American ReviewIn the GrovePaj Ntaub VoiceHyphen Magazine, and Alaska Quarterly Review, among many others. Through the years, HAWC’s efforts and achievements have been geared toward the creation of a visible body of Hmong American literature and the establishment of a Hmong literary culture. To find more information about HAWC, visit hmongwriters.org.

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