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Fresno State HAIS to Host December Reading

J.M. Lesinski

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As classes end for the fall semester at Fresno State in Fresno, California, the Fresno State Hmong American Ink & Stories association will be hosting the virtual event, “An Evening of Poetry and Conversation with Jihyun Yun and Diana Khoi Nguyen,” on Saturday, December 4 at seven in the evening. The event is free and open to the public with pre-registration currently available on Zoom.

Of the authors, Jihyun Yun is a Korean American poet from the San Francisco Bay area. A Fulbright Research Fellow and National Poetry Series finalist, Yun’s debut collection, “Some Are Always Hungry,” won the 2019 Prairie Schooner Prize and was published by University of Nebraska Press in September of 2020. Yun’s poems have subsequently appeared in publications such as “Best New Poets,” “AAWW The Margins,” “Narrative Magazine,” “Ninth Letter,” and other magazines. Yun presently splits her time between South Korea and Ann Arbor, Michigan, where she is currently working on her first Young Adult (YA) novel as a 2021-2023 Lighthouse Book Project Fellow.

A poet and multimedia artist, Diana Khoi Nguyen is also the author of “Ghost Of,” published by Omnidawn in 2018, and beneficiary of a 2021 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. In addition to winning the 92Y Discovery Poetry Contest, 2019 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and Colorado Book Award, Nguyen was also a finalist for the National Book Award and L.A. Times Book Prize. A Kundiman fellow, Nguyen is core faculty in the Randolph College Low-Residency MFA and an assistant professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

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