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Pacyinz Lyfoung

Author's Bio

I am a French-born and raised, MN-grown Hmong/Asian American woman poet and activist. As a girl growing up, I used to dream about studying at The Sorbonne in Paris and becoming a French writing, as I loved reading. After moving to the US, working on social change issues and losing my only living grandmother--my tie to my Hmong heritage, I started writing poetry in English both as a social change artistic expression and to further explore the richness of my multi-layered identities. Overall, although often times a peripheral artist, I wake up sometimes in the middle of the night to write down poems that are floating in that half-dream state, because an experience was so intense it caught my imagination. I always feel motivated by the sense that I definitely have something to contribute as a writer and the world could be a better place, in whichever little ways, if I don't forget to do my part and use this gift too.

Publications and Prizes

To Sing Along the Way (New Rivers Press, 2006), Bamboo Among the Oaks (Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002)
Asian American Renaissance Journal, Bakka Magazine, Paj Ntaub Voice, Rain and Thunder
1999 Saint Paul Companies Leadership in Neighborhood Arts Fellow, exploring writing 2000 Loft Asian American Inroad Fellow 2003 Naked Stages/Jerome Foundation Fellow 2005 Loft Mentor Series Honorable Mention

Personal Favorites

What I'm Reading Now:
Mission sur Arras by Saint Exupery, This many miles from desire by Lee Herrick, Energy Law in a Nutshell by Joseph Tomain
Favorite Books:
La nuit des temps by Barjavel A la recherche du temps perdu, by Proust The English Patient by Michael Ondatje Rose by Li Young Lee
Favorite Authors:
Saint Exupery, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Pablo Neruda, Li Young Lee, Salman Rushdie, Proust

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Listing last updated: June 25, 2008

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Bordeaux / Evry

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