Prof. Mai Der Vang
Prof. Mai Der Vang is the author of Afterland (Graywolf Press, 2017), winner of the 2016 Walt Whitman Award from the Academy of American Poets, long-listed for the 2017 National Book Award in Poetry, and a finalist for the 2018 Kate Tufts Discovery Award. She joined the English faculty at Fresno State in August 2019 as an assistant professor.
The recipient of a Lannan Literary Fellowship, Mai Der has served as a visiting writer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her poetry has appeared in Poetry, Tin House, and the American Poetry Review, among other journals and anthologies. Her essays have been published in The New York Times, the Washington Post, and elsewhere.
Mai Der is a member of the Hmong American Writers’ Circle where she co-edited How Do I Begin: A Hmong American Literary Anthology. A Kundiman fellow, she has completed residencies at Civitella Ranieri and Hedgebrook. Born and raised in Fresno, California, she earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley and her MFA from Columbia University.