Pacyinz Lyfoung

1323 N. Homsy Avenue
Fresno, CA 93727

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

Bamboo Among the Oaks
(Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2002)
, To Sing Along the Way
(New Rivers Press, 2006)
Asian American Renaissance Journal, Bakka Magazine, Paj Ntaub Voice, Rain and Thunder
Prizes Won: 
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

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Asian American
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Born in: 
Bordeaux, France
Raised in: 
Bordeaux / Evry, France
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Last updated: Jun 25, 2008