Please join us as we welcome Shannon Gibney and Kao Kalia Yang to ModernWell with the launch of their book What God Is Honored Here? Writings on Miscarriage and Infant Loss by and for Native Women and Women of Color. Shannon and Kao invited two local contributors, Taiyon J. Coleman and Sarah Agaton Howes, to share their stories we well. Please read about each of these incredible women below and we look forward to seeing you November 12th!

Read more about the book here.

Taiyon J. Coleman is a Cave Canem and VONA fellow. Her writing has been published in Bum Rush the PageRiding ShotgunThe Ringing EarBlues VisionHow Dare We! Write: A Multicultural Creative Writing Discourse, and A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota. “Mapping Our Potential: A Poem as a Spatial and Temporal Mapping of Human Experience” is her TEDx talk. Her book Working toward Racial Equity in First-Year Composition was published in 2019. She is assistant professor of English literature at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Shannon Gibney is a writer, educator, and activist. Her first novel, See No Color, drawn from her life as a transracial adoptee, won the Minnesota Book Award. Her second novel, Dream Country, chronicles five generations of a Liberian and Liberian American family. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her children.

Sarah Agaton Howes is an Anishinaabe mother, artist, designer, teacher, and community organizer from Fond du Lac Reservation in Minnesota. She is recognized across the region for her contemporary Ojibwe design and for teaching Makazinikewin (moccasin making). She is an Inspired Native Collaborator creating Ojibwe floral design through her business House of Howes. Her writing is an attempt to convey her raw truth and her grandmother’s truth, and to elevate the truths of Indigenous people.

Kao Kalia Yang is a Hmong American writer. She is author of The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir, winner of the Minnesota Book Award in creative nonfiction and memoir and Readers Choice, and a finalist for the PEN USA Award in Creative Nonfiction and the Asian Literary Award in Nonfiction. Her second book, The Song Poet, also won the Minnesota Book Award in creative nonfiction and memoir, as well as being a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, a PEN USA Award in Nonfiction, and the Dayton’s Literary Peace Prize. Her first children’s book, A Map into the World, a book about refugees in America, is forthcoming.