(HOME)LAND- Monica Sok & Angela So

Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 6:30pm
2421 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005

Please note, this event will be filmed.

(Home)land: A Reading and Conversation with Angela So & Monica Sok will examine what it means to be the children of refugees, the (dis)connection of home and land, and the search for home. The reading will conclude with a conversation and Q&A.

In Dust, a novel-in-progress, Angela So weaves together a multigenerational tale of loss and survival as a Cambodian-American family in Houston navigates a shifting world in the midst of a second Dust Bowl.

In her debut collection, Monica Sok uses poetry to reshape a family’s memory about the Khmer Rouge regime―memory that is both real and imagined―according to a child of refugees. Driven by myth-making and fables, the poems examine the inheritance of the genocide and the profound struggles of searing grief and PTSD. Though the landscape of Cambodia is always present, it is the liminal space, the in-betweenness of diaspora, in which younger generations must reconcile their history and create new rituals. A Nail the Evening Hangs On seeks to reclaim the Cambodian narrative with tenderness and an imagination that moves towards wholeness and possibility.

This event is funded in part by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

ANGELA SO is a Cambodian American writer with an MFA in fiction from The Ohio State University. Her prose has been published in Glimmer Train, Day One, Houston Chronicle, and The Pinch. She has received fellowships from Kundiman and the Vermont Studio Center. Currently, she is the Director of Strategic Communications at Writers in the Schools.

MONICA SOK is a Cambodian American poet and the daughter of former refugees. She is the author of A Nail the Evening Hangs On (forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press, 2020). She has received fellowships from Poetry Society of America, Elizabeth George Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and Kundiman. Sok is a 2018-2020 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University and teaches poetry at Banteay Srei and the Center for Empowering Refugees and Immigrants in Oakland. She is originally from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. 

A Nail the Evening Hangs on Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556595608
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 7-10 Days due to Covid-19 shipping delays.
Published: Copper Canyon Press - February 25th, 2020