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Soul Vang is the author of To Live Here, winner of the 2014 Imaginary Friend Press Poetry Prize, and co-editor of How Do I Begin?: A Hmong American Literary Anthology (Heyday, 2011). Soul is a poet, teacher, and U.S. Army veteran. He holds an MFA in Poetry from California State University, Fresno and is an editorial board member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle (HAWC). His writing is published in Abernathy Magazine, Asian American Literary Review, Fiction Attic Press, In the Grove, The Packinghouse Review, Southeast Asia Globe, and The New York Times, among others. His poetry is anthologized in Tilting the Continent: Southeast Asian American Writing (New Rivers), How Much Earth: An Anthology of Fresno Poets (Roundhouse), Bamboo Among the Oaks: Contemporary Writing by Hmong Americans (Minnesota Historical Society), How Do I Begin? A Hmong American Literary Anthology (Heyday), and NEW CALIFORNIA WRITING 2012 (Heyday).
Los Angeles, CA
Paul Vangelisti is the author of more than twenty books of poetry, as well as being a noted translator from Italian. Most recently, Border Music was published by Talisman House in 2016. His translation of Adriano Spatola's The Position of Things: Collected Poems, 1961-1992 (Green Integer, 2008) was awarded the American Academy of American Poets for translation in 2010. From 1971-1982 he was co-editor, with John McBride, of the literary magazine Invisible City and, from 1993-2002, edited Ribot, the annual report of the College of Neglected Science. Currently, with Luigi Ballerini, he is editing a six-volume anthology of U.S. poetry from 1960 to the present, Nuova poesia americana, for Mondadori in Milan. Vangelisti was Founding Chair of the Graduate Writing program at Otis College of Art & Design, and now teaches in that program.