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Canceled - Poet, Essayist, Fairytale Writer Lily Hoang Reading and Book Signing (plus, LAF Writing Contest winners)

April 22, 2020

07:00 PM - 08:15 PM


Daniela Sow , 619-668-1743,

Per governor's order, the Grossmont College campus is closed to the public and this event has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Lily Hoang is the author of five books of prose, including 2015 winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center's Non-Fiction Book Prize, A Bestiary. Darren Huang of Full Stop’s describes A Bestiary as "essays in the purest sense: untrammeled thought in full flight." Kenyon Review's Catherine Campbell praises A Bestiary as "a notable artistic leap while deftly navigating the boundaries between fact and fable. Thirteen linked essays explore the connections and gaps between familial identity, racial identity, feminism, addiction, friendship, memory, love, and reconciliation using pointillistic observations and fragmented narratives.... A Bestiary moves fluidly between memory, reflection, fable, and myth without batting an eye.…While exploring her evolving identity and internal/external challenges living as a second-generation Asian American, Hoang breaks up what could be a linear narrative into fragmented storylines throughout the collection."

About the Author

Hoang's first book, Parabola (2008), won the Chiasmus Press Un-Doing the Novel Contest. Her other novels include Changing (Fairy Tale Review Press 2008), which received a PEN Open Books Award, and The Evolutionary Revolution (Les Figues Press 2010).

In addition to teaching in the MFA program at New Mexico State U as Associate Department Head, Hoang is Editor of Jaded Ibis Press and Executive Editor of HTML Giant. She has also served as Prose Editor at Puerto del Sol and Non-Fiction Editor at Drunken Boat, and she has co-edited the anthology The Force of What's Possible: Writers on Accessibility and the Avant-Garde. In 2017, she was Mellon Scholar in Residence at Rhodes University in South Africa. Currently, Lily Hoang is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English and Women's Studies at Saint Mary's College in Indiana.

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